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Appeal after boy, 13, robbed of his bike in Yate

We’re appealing for witnesses and information after a 13-year-old boy was robbed of his bike in Yate.

It happened at about 3.20pm on Tuesday 21 April on Westerleigh Common, near the BMX track by the woods.

The victim was mending his blue Carrera mountain bike on the footpath when the offender threatened him with a knife and demanded the bike. The boy did the right thing by leaving his bike, running away and calling his mum.

Officers searched the area for the suspect with no trace. The thief is described as wearing a black and white hooded top with the hood up and blue jeans. His face was covered.

We want to hear from anyone who:

  • was taking their daily exercise or walking their dog in the area at the time
  • has seen a blue Carrera mountain bike offered for sale in suspicious circumstances
  • has any CCTV or dashcam footage which could help.

We’re keeping an open mind as to whether there is any link between this incident and another at about 5.20pm the same day in Abbotswood in which a 17-year-old boy was threatened with a knife by two other teenagers who took £20 from him.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Terry Murphy said: “It’s exceptionally rare for this sort of robbery to happen in Yate, especially during the daytime. We do have some positive lines of enquiry to follow and are continuing to target our patrols.”

If you have any information, get in touch quoting reference 5220087405.

If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5220087405

You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their Anonymous Online Form.

No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.