Hampshire Police appeal for witnesses after boy has mountain bike stolen
POLICE are appealing for witnesses following the theft of a mountain bike from a teenage boy.
The incident took place at around 7pm on Saturday July 4 when a boy was approached a by a male while he was walking with friends near Hordle Road in Havant.
A statement from police said: ‘One of the males tried to assault another boy in the group before stealing his mountain bike and making off in the direction of Park House Farm Way and Asda.’
The group of four teenage boys had already been approached earlier on the same evening by two males on Purbrook Way when one of the youngsters was ‘pushed’ before having his earphones taken.
After the victim ‘ran off to inform the police’ the boys were once again approached by the two males who this time demanded one of the boys hand over a phone. It is after the boy refused that one of the males is reported to have taken the bike.
The mountain bike, which was not returned, is described as a dark blue Carrera, and at the time it was stolen it had a bag of groceries hanging from the handlebars.
One of the males was described as black, slim, aged between 16 and 20 years-old, around 6ft 2ins tall, and wearing a navy blue tracksuit with the hood up.
The second was described as white, overweight and aged between 16 and 18 years-old, wearing a grey tracksuit with the hood up.
Hampshire Constabulary are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident, recognise the descriptions or may have ‘seen anyone riding a bike matching this description, or found it discarded somewhere’.
Anyone who can help the police with their investigations is urged to contact police on 101 and quote reference 44200245610.
A member of the public driving past stopped and spoke with the group of boys before driving after the males and retrieving the stolen headphones.
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