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Cyclists, 13, have bikes stolen after being "deliberately driven at" and threatened

Avon and Somerset Police said the teenagers were unharmed but left shaken following the incident

Avon and Somerset Police are investigating a robbery in Taunton which saw two teenagers "deliberately driven at" and threatened by a suspect who stole their bikes.

The victims are both 13 and were cycling on Roman Road at around 4.40pm on Sunday 29 January when they were deliberately driven at by the driver of a silver Ford.

Officers believe it may be a B-Max or C-Max model with a sliding door on the side and have released CCTV images of the vehicle in question.

The two young cyclists were threatened in the incident and had their bikes stolen, leaving them unharmed but shaken by the robbery.

Police described one of the bikes as a black Apollo Slant, with white writing on and a 17-inch frame, while the second was a black Muddy Fox Anarchy 100 model, with blue writing on.

An appeal for witnesses and dashcam footage has been launched, with officers keen to speak to anyone in the area at the time who might have unknowingly captured the vehicle on dashcam, doorbell or CCTV footage.

"If you can help, please call us," a spokesperson for the force said.

"We want to speak to anyone who saw this incident, or anyone in the local area who may have dashcam or doorbell/CCTV footage, showing the incident, or the vehicle involved in this offence.

"If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5223022805, or complete our online appeals form."

Last weekend's incident came days after a woman was arrested by police in Cheltenham after a teenager was robbed of his bike at knifepoint.

Police were called to Fairmount Road, a residential road close to Cheltenham railway station, shortly after 3.35pm when a report was received that a woman had threatened the teenager and his friends with a Stanley knife, before taking his bike.

Officers attending the incident undertook searches in the area and identified a woman matching the description of the suspect, and who was in possession of the stolen bicycle, arresting the 25-year-old woman on suspicion of robbery.

Dan joined in 2020, and spent most of his first year (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. At the start of 2022 he took on the role of news editor. Before joining, Dan wrote about various sports, including football and boxing for the Daily Express, and covered the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for The Non-League Paper. Part of the generation inspired by the 2012 Olympics, Dan has been 'enjoying' life on two wheels ever since and spends his weekends making bonk-induced trips to the petrol stations of the south of England.

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brooksby | 1 year ago

Stealing the bikes from a pair of kids?

I hope that person is proud of themselves surprise

Secret_squirrel replied to brooksby | 1 year ago

Stealing a couple of BSO's from a couple of kids using a car as a weapon.  Seems like a high risk/low reward crime.  Moron(s).

pockstone replied to Secret_squirrel | 1 year ago
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Interesting to see what (if any) charges ensue. Would 'armed robbery ' be countenanced given the authorities' unwillingness to prosecute obvious 'use of a car as a weapon'. Or robbery with violence? Hopefully they'll get the book thrown at them but I shan't be holding my breath.

leipreachan replied to Secret_squirrel | 1 year ago

Three points, not more.
The kids were wearing black.

hawkinspeter replied to leipreachan | 1 year ago

leipreachan wrote:

Three points, not more.
The kids were wearing black.

Were they wearing helmets? If not then they were almost asking to be robbed.

ChuckSneed replied to hawkinspeter | 1 year ago

Froth froth froth.

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