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A teenager was robbed of his bicycle in Salford

August 16, 2012, 2:03 pm

A teenager was robbed of his bicycle in Salford.

It happened at about 3.30pm on Saturday 11 August 2012. The 17-year-old boy was cycling on the footpath on the East Lancashire Road towards Swinton when he reached the motorway bridge near to Homebase.

The offender appeared from behind a concrete pillar that supports the bridge and pushed the teen off his bike.

As he did so, he claimed he had a knife and reached into his pockets, although no weapon was seen.

The thief then cycled down the lane back towards the Walkden area.

He is described as being white, in his mid-30s to 40s, about 5ft 9in tall, with short shaved light-coloured hair, of a medium or chubby build, and wearing a bright yellow T-shirt and blue jeans.

The stolen bike is a Fuji Nevada in grey, silver and white. It has a white seat with a black stripe down the centre and is worth up to £500.

Police are now appealing to anyone with information to come forward.

Police Constable Matt Galbraith said: “This robbery happened on a busy main road in the middle of the afternoon so there may well be passing motorists who witnessed what happened.

“If you did, we need to hear from you. Although no weapon was seen, the threat of using a knife as a means to intimidate this young man into giving up his bike was clearly very distressing so we need to trace the person responsible.

“I would also appeal to anyone who thinks they recognise either the offender himself from the description we have given or the bike that was stolen to come forward so we can reunite the owner with his property and bring this thief to justice.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police in Salford on 0161 856 5250 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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