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Teenage cyclist attacked by hooded thugs
10:00am Wednesday 10th October 2012 in News
THREE hooded robbers carried out a “callous attack” on a teenaged cyclist as he rode through Poole.
Police say the 19-year-old victim was lucky to escape injury after the thugs bundled him off his bicycle in the early hours of Monday morning.
After pushing the shocked rider into the street, the trio ran off with his bicycle – a black Specialized Hardrock mountain bike with silver suspension forks.
PC Paul Mellor, of Poole police, said: “This was a callous attack on a young man as he cycled. The three suspects were all wearing hooded tops with hoods up.”
PC Mellor has appealed for anyone who witnessed the latest attack, or may have information about the three male robbers, to contact Dorset Police in confidence.
The robbery took place on Penn Hill Avenue, near the junction with St Osmund’s Road, around 2.40am.
Richard Hilton-Foster, owner of Ride cycle shop in Lower Parkstone told the Daily Echo that cycle crime victims come into his shop “almost every other day.”
He added: “Unfortunately cycle theft is never going to go away. During the summer it was even worse – we were seeing at least one person, sometimes more, who had their bicycle stolen every day.
“It does seem to be a bit quieter at the moment, but we are still seeing at least one cycle victim every other day. This is way more prolific than it ought to be.”
Mr Hilton Foster said bike shop owners were not aware of any rise in violent cycle robberies, like this latest one. But he added: “I’m sure they take place.”
“Occasionally we get lads in who have had problems on the trains with other lads try to muscle them off their bikes.”
Anyone with information about Monday’s robbery should ring Dorset Police on 101 quoting incident number 08:26.