A 15-year-old boy has admitted carrying out three robberies on the Bristol to Bath cycle path last summer.
The boy, who cannot be named, appeared at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on Monday where he pleaded guilty to the robberies as well as one charge of obstructing a constable from carrying out their duties.
He was given a 12 month referral order and was told to pay his three victims compensation.
The robberies took place on consecutive days between 15 and 17 August on the cycle path near to St Werburghs City Farm.
The victims, aged 28, 31, and 32, were all forcefully knocked to the ground before their bikes were stolen. The 28-year-old man and the 32-year-old man were also physically assaulted.
Investigating officer PC Richard Walmsley said: “The attacks would have been a terrifying experience for the victims who were simply using the cycle track on their routine commute home.
“They each suffered significant injuries and I hope these convictions provide some comfort to the victims as they continue to recover.”
Sergeant Jim Wilson, of the Bristol East Neighbourhood Team, said: “We are committed to tackling people causing harm within our communities and making the Bristol to Bath Path a safe place to use for all.
“The local neighbourhood team continues to patrol the pathway and if anyone sees any groups or individuals acting anti-socially or feels intimidated, please call 101 or 999 if a crime is being committed.”