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Police launch appeal after man threatened and robbed of electric bike worth £5,000

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DETECTIVES are appealing for witnesses and video footage after a 59-year-old man was threatened and robbed of his electric bike worth £5,000 near Winwick.

At around 7 pm last Wednesday, September 15, the victim was riding his electric bike along the Sankey Valley Trail travelling towards Newton-le-Willows.

As he got towards the outskirts of Newton-le-Willows, near to Wargrave Road, the man was confronted by two unknown men.
The pair threatened the victim and demanded that he handed his electric bike, which is worth more than £5,000.
Fearing for his safety, the man handed over the bike and the two suspects fled the scene, travelling in the direction of Warrington.
Both of the offenders are described as being white men, of slim build and around 5’9” tall. They were both wearing dark jackets and had local accents.
Detective Constable Nicola Charnock, of Warrington Local Policing Unit, said: “The victim in this case had understandably been left shaken as a result of the incident and I would reassure residents that we are committed to doing all that we can to identify those responsible.
“As part of our investigation we’re keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident and believes they may have witnessed anything suspicious, or seen the offenders fleeing the scene.
“The same goes for anyone with any CCTV or dashcam footage that may be relevant to our investigation.
“We would also like to hear from anyone who believes that they may have seen the bike since it was taken. The bike itself is a Canondale Moterra black electric bike which is easily identifiable.”
“If you have any information, no matter how small, please call us on 101, quoting IML 1085858 or give the details via https://www.cheshire.police.uk/ro/report.”

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