Appeal for witnesses following robbery in Downend

Published on: 17 Apr 2014


We are appealing for witnesses after a robbery in Downend, South Gloucestershire on Wednesday(16/4).

At about 12.45am the 16 year old victim was cycling along Downend Road towards the junction with Shrubbery Road when he saw three other males walking in the opposite direction.

One of the three shouted at the victim and began chasing him. He fell off his bike and was approached by the suspects who threatened him.

Two of the victim’s debit cards were stolen from his pocket and the pin numbers were obtained. One of the cards was later fraudulently used at Martins Newsagents in Downend at 1am.

The victim’s bike, a grey and black Spectrum MTB, was also stolen.

The first suspect is described as a black man, aged between late teens to early 20s, who is around 5ft 8ins tall, of strong build. He has a pointed chin, thick hairy eyebrows and a large flat nose. He is believed to have been wearing a black hooded top with the hood up, which had a blue picture/motif on the back. He was also wearing grey thick tracksuit bottoms which had zips on the side and black lace up daps.

The second suspect is described as a white male teenager, between 15 and 16-years-old, shorter than the first suspect, of big build with a round face. He is believed to have been wearing thick grey tracksuit bottoms and a grey hooded top, with the hood up and pulled tightly around his face. It had a black Nike style logo on the front. It is possible the suspect was wearing teeth braces as the victim believes he saw silver in his mouth.

The third suspect is described as a white male teenager, around 16-years-old of skinny build and around 5ft 7inches tall. He is believed to have light brown hair with a fringe to one side. He had a narrow face with a pointed nose and freckles. He was wearing a black hooded top with the hood up, and jeans. He was wearing a silver chain around his neck.

We are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has information to help our investigation to contact us.
If you can help, please call us on the force number 101, quoting crime reference 37746/14.

Alternatively if you want to remain anonymous, please call the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111  via their on-line form

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