Appeal for witnesses following knifepoint robbery in Halewood Triangle Country Park, Okell Drive, Halewood
We are appealing for information following the knifepoint robbery of a pedal bike from a schoolboy in Halewood yesterday, Wednesday 23 January.
At around 2.50pm, the 14-year-old victim was riding his mountain bike in Halewood Triangle Country Park in Okell Drive with a friend. They crossed a railway bridge close to a wooded area and cycled along the path when they were approached by two males with hoods covering their faces walking behind them. The first man made threats before a knife was produced and the bike was ridden away by the first man. The second man ran off.
The boys were uninjured but left extremely shaken.
The first suspect is described as white, around 20 years old, 5ft 10in tall, skinny, with a short ginger beard. He was wearing a dark green Jack Wolfskin jacket with a silver logo, a dark grey thick stripes on each sleeve and a hood. He was wearing dark trousers.
The second suspect is described as white, around 20 years old, 5ft 10in tall, stocky build, with long black hair 'like a Ketwig', a black baseball cap, and a dark blue bubble jacket, with dark trousers.
The stolen bike is described as an orange and grey GT Aggressor mountain bike, with GT in capital letters on the bottom of the frame, a black seat with black wings in the seat fabric and a black bike lock locked to the cross bar and a rear red light on the seat post.
Witness and CCTV enquiries are ongoing and the description of the bike has been circulated.
Local Policing Inspector Phil Mullally said: "For a young teenager to be threatened and robbed of their property in broad daylight has understandably left him shaken and upset, and we are carrying out extensive enquiries to find those responsible and bring them to justice.
"If you were in the park or nearby and saw this incident or men making off, please get in touch and we will identify those responsible and bring them to justice. Likewise, any home CCTV, mobile phone or dashcam which may have captured anything suspicious may be vital. Have you been offered or seen for sale such a bike yesterday or today? Do the right thing and tell us.
“There is no place in our communities for threatening behaviour and the use of weapons, so help us keep the green spaces of Knowsley for what they are intended: places to walk, play, exercise and enjoy.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact our social media desk @MerPolCC, call 101 with reference 19100023443 or you can call the independent charity @CrimestoppersUK anonymously, on 0800 555 111. You can also use their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.