THREE men on a moped attempted to steal a teenager's bicycle.

The victim, a 16-year-old local boy, was cycling home from school and was crossing the bridge over Dorset Way, which leads from Sherborn Crescent to Yarrow Road, when he was approached by the men.

The suspects drove the scooter towards the boy and one is believed to have kicked the victim’s bike, knocking him off balance and causing him to grab hold of the bridge railing.

The suspects attempted to take the victim’s bike but were unsuccessful. The victim managed to turn his bike around and ran away toward Sherborn Crescent.

Two of the suspects wore black Puffa-style jackets – one with a North Face logo –and the third wore a grey Puffa-style style jacket. At least two of the suspects wore balaclavas and they are believed to be aged in their mid to late teens.

Officers are appealing for witnesses and anyone with dashcam footage to come forward over the attempted theft, which took place at around 3.40pm on Monday, September 27.

Police Constable Louis Allen, of Poole police, said: “We have now spoken to the victim of this incident and I am appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident to please come forward.

"I am also keen to hear from anyone who was travelling along Ringwood Road, Yarrow Road or Sherborn Crescent at the relevant time to please check their dashcam footage to see if they have captured anything of relevance.

"Finally, I would also ask residents to look through their home CCTV cameras and get in touch if they find anything that may assist my investigation.”

Anyone with information should contact Dorset Police at, via email or by calling 101 quoting occurrence number 55210160239.

Alternatively, to stay anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at or call Freephone 0800 555 111.

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