Appeal following robbery in Runcorn Date published: 27th July 2017 1.04pm

Runcorn officers are appealing for information after a callous thief stole a bike from a 12-year-old boy in Brookvale.

The incident took place along the public footpath behind Kilncroft at 8.30pm on Sunday 23 July.

The victim, a 12-year-old local boy, was cycling home when he was approached by a teenager who threatened him - demanding he give him his bike.

The boy then handed over his bike before the offender fled the scene.

The suspect is described as white, between 16-19-years-old and of slim build. He is around 5’ 7” tall, clean shaven with ginger/strawberry blonde hair and a long fringe.

He is also described as wearing a grey hooded top with red Nike writing on and had his hood up during the incident. He was also wearing dark trousers and had a local accent.

The bike was recovered by Hospital Way later that evening by the victim’s family.

The offender was with the bike, along with another man described as white, around 16-19-years-old and of slim build. He is around 5’9” tall, clean shaven with long curly brown hair. He was wearing a navy blue hooded top with his hood up and was walking with the bike when it was recovered.

The two men were seen to flee the scene after dumping the bike upon being challenged.

DC Katie Wardle said: “This was an extremely callous incident which has left the victim extremely shaken.

“Fortunately the boy managed to make his way home, and bravely contact police to report the incident. Luckily the boy now has his bike back after his frightening ordeal, however it is still vital that we trace those responsible - and make them face the consequences of their actions.

“I am extremely keen to speak to anyone who has any information that can help us with our investigation. I am also directly appealing to those involved to come forward and speak to me.

“Anyone who has any information that can help with our enquiries is asked to contact Cheshire police on 101 quoting incident number 840 of 23 July. Alternatively information can be passed on anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”