Lewes teen robbed of bicycle in street robbery

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenage boy from Lewes was robbed of his bicycle in Brighton.

Police say the 17-year-old ewes was attacked while cycling with a friend in Surrenden Road, Brighton, at 4.20pm on Tuesday, March (21).

Officers believe there is one suspect, who is described as slim, black, aged between 16- and 18-years-old and around 5ft 11in tall. He was wearing a black-hooded top with red writing on the front and back, possibly the word Puma, black tracksuit bottoms and red underwear which was pulled above the tracksuit bottoms.

The suspect was with a group of white and black boys of similar age. The victim was very shaken but unhurt.

Detective Constable Tom Duffy said: “The victim relied on the bike as his sole form of transport and will now suffer greatly due to this loss.

“It is often the items we lose that affect us most, rather than the incident itself.

“I would like to speak to anyone who witnessed this incident or saw someone matching the suspect’s description in the area of Surrenden Road that afternoon.

“The bike has a hardtail black frame with a gold finished handlebar, black leather saddle and large tyres with white stencil writing on the side saying ‘magic mary’.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 1006 of 21/03. You can also report at https://sussex.police.uk/contact-us/response-to-appeal/ or call 101.

Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (www.crimestoppers-uk.org).

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