'Be vigilant' warning after gangs seize bikes from boys
A TEENAGER was punched in the head when a gang attempted to steal his bike as he cycled in Bromley Heath.
The boy was also left with cuts to his knees in the incident which took place at around 8.10pm on Friday May 3 in Quakers Road.
The attempted robbery followed the theft of two bikes in Westerleigh Road two days previously when a gang threatened two boys.
In a further incident three bikes were stolen from outside the Rose takeaway in Broad Street, Staple Hill between 6 and 6.30pm on May 3.
A police spokesman said: “We were received reports on Friday May 3 of an attempted robbery at around 8.10pm on Quakers Road, in Downend, in which a teenage boy was approached by a group of three boys who assaulted him and attempted to steal his bike.
“An investigation is under way and we are following a number of lines of enquiry including reviewing CCTV footage and speaking to witnesses.
“Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and quote reference number 5219097392.”
The spokesman confirmed police were called to the other incident two days before but told Downend Voice they are not currently linking the crimes.
“We were called at just after 6pm on Wednesday May 1, to Westerleigh Road in Downend, to reports of a robbery in which two boys were approached by a group of five teenage boys who threatened them and stole their bikes. An investigation is ongoing.”
Bill Crocker, chair of Bromley Heath Neighbourhood Watch, said members were “dismayed and concerned” about the incidents.
He said: “If bike owners and the wider community can follow the advice to be as vigilant as possible and ring in evidence, then hopefully time will be minimised before successful action by the police and the courts.”
Mr Crocker advised bike owners to ensure cycles are security marked, photographed and registered on www.immobilise.com