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Police seek witnesses of knifepoint robbery

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DETECTIVES at Warrington today urged members of the public to come forward with information and footage regarding a knifepoint robbery in Warrington.
A 14-year-old boy was robbed of his bike near the One Stop store on Callands Road.
The incident was shortly before 7pm on Sunday, July 21.
Police said the boy, who was with friends, were s accosted by two teenage boys on an orange coloured mountain bike – one of them was riding the bicycle and the other one was sitting on the handlebar.
The teenager on the handlebar jumped off, pulled out a knife and demanded the victim’s black and yellow VooDoo mountain bike.
Once he had possession of the bike the two offenders road off towards the Gemini Retail Park.
Shortly afterwards two bicycles were stolen from outside the McDonald’s restaurant at the retail park whilst the owners were inside.
The bikes stolen were a red B’Twin with full suspension and a black Giant mountain bike.
The incidents are believed to be linked.
The teenager who carried out the knifepoint robbery was about 16 and 5’ tall and spoke with a Liverpudlian accent.
He and the teenager he was with were both wearing dark clothing, including hooded tops with their hoods up to conceal their faces.
The youth with the knife North Face branding on his hooded top.
Enquiries in relation to the incidents are ongoing and detectives are appealing for anyone who was in the area and witnessed anything that may help the investigation to get in touch.
They also want to speak to anyone who believes that they may have information or CCTV or dashcam footage regarding the offenders or the stolen bicycles.
Detective Sergeant Ian McNabb said: “The 14-year-old boy who had his bike stolen at knifepoint has understandably been left extremely shaken up. He was subjected to a terrifying ordeal.
“He was not the only person who had their bicycle stolen around or in the Gemini Retail Park area in Warrington in the early evening on Sunda, July 21.
“We believe that the bicycle thefts are linked and we are determined to establish the identities of the offenders, make them face the consequences of their actions and have the bikes returned to their rightful owners.”
Anyone with information or CCTV footage that may be relevant to the investigation should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 463005 (the robbery) or IML 463017 (the other bike thefts), give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Dashcam footage can be submitted online at www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/roads-and-vehicle-safety/submit-dashcam-footage.

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