Detectives are urging members of the public to come forward with information and footage regarding a knifepoint robbery in Warrington.
Shortly before 7pm on Sunday 21 July a 14-year-old boy was riding his bicycle with friends from the direction of the One Stop store on Callands Road towards the footpath and the park behind the shops.
As they approached the park the victim was accosted by two teenage boys on an orange coloured mountain bike – one of them was riding the bicycle and the other one was sat on the handlebar.
The teenager on the handlebar jumped off, pulled out a knife and demanded the victim’s black and yellow VooDoo mountain bike.
Once he had possession of the bike the offenders road off towards the Gemini Retail Park.
Shortly afterwards two bicycles were stolen from outside the McDonald’s restaurant at the retail park whilst the owners were inside.
The bikes stolen were a red B’Twin with full suspension and a black Giant mountain bike.
The incidents are believed to be linked.
The teenager who carried out the knifepoint robbery was white, looked around 16 years old and 5’ tall and spoke with a Liverpudlian accent.
He and the teenager he was with were both wearing dark clothing, including hooded tops with their hoods up to conceal their faces.
The offender who carried out the knifepoint robbery had The North Face branding on his hooded top.
Enquiries in relation to the incidents are ongoing and detectives are appealing for anyone who was in the area and witnessed anything that may help the investigation to get in touch.
They also want to speak to anyone who believes that they may have information or CCTV or dashcam footage regarding the offenders or the stolen bicycles.
Detective Sergeant Ian McNabb, of Warrington Local Policing Unit (LPU), said: “The 14-year-old boy who had his bike stolen at knifepoint has understandably been left extremely shaken up. He was subjected to a terrifying ordeal.
“He was not the only person who had their bicycle stolen around or in the Gemini Retail Park area in Warrington in the early evening on Sunday 21 July.
“We believe that the bicycle thefts are linked and we are determined to establish the identities of the offenders, make them face the consequences of their actions and have the bikes returned to their rightful owners.
“Enquiries are ongoing and I urge anyone who was in the area and believes that they may have seen the offenders to contact the team here at Warrington Police Station.
“The same goes for anyone who thinks they may know who the offenders are or have CCTV or dashcam footage of them, or information regarding the whereabouts of the stolen bicycles.”
Anyone with information or CCTV footage that may be relevant to the investigation should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 463005 (the robbery) or IML 463017 (the other bike thefts), give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Dashcam footage can be submitted online at www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/roads-and-vehicle-safety/submit-dashcam-footage.
Chief Inspector Simon Meegan, also of Warrington LPU, added: “We are committed to doing all that we can to tackle knife crime in the town.
“It is an issue that we take extremely seriously and Warrington Local Policing Unit will ensure that anyone found to be carrying a knife or committing a knife related offence in the town is brought to justice.
“But the police cannot beat knife crime without the help of the local community and we urge anyone with information about people who may be carrying knives to come forward and speak to us or independent charity Crimestoppers.”
You can report any type of knife crime by calling Cheshire Constabulary on 101. Dial 999 in an emergency.