Appeal for stolen bicycle

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POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a youngster had his bike stolen.

The 14-year-old victim was in the park in Spelter Works Road, near Grangetown Primary School, when he was approached by another boy.

He was asked if he would lend the boy his BMX bike and when he refused the teenager took it from him and sped off towards the Hendon area.

The offender is described as white, aged 18 or 19, with short brown hair. He was about 5ft 8in tall and of skinny build.

He also had freckles above his eyes, was clean shaven and was wearing a grey long sleeved hooded jumper, black tracksuit bottoms and black trainers with a red tick logo at the time of the incident.

The bike is matt black and has a yellow British eagle sticker on its frame.

The theft happened at about 8.15pm on Wednesday.

Neighbourhood Inspector Jamie Southwell, who covers the area, said: “We’re carrying out enquiries to trace the offender and recover the bike and want to hear from anyone who was in the park and saw what happened.

“The bike is quite distinctive and it may be that the offender tries to sell it, if anyone is offered a cheap bike or if they see a bike similar we’d urge them to contact us.”

Witnesses should call Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.