Man robbed and assaulted in Stevenage gang attack

Police have linked three of the raids in Hitchin

Police have linked three of the raids in Hitchin - Credit: Archant

A witness appeal has been launched following a violent robbery in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The incident happened between 3.20am and 3.45am as the male victim walked along Torquay Crescent in Stevenage.

He was followed by three males who approached him from behind. A man on a BMX bike stopped in front of him - blocking his way.

The man on the bike then punched the victim several times causing him to fall to the ground. He then stole cash from the victim’s jacket pocket while the other males continued to kick and punch him. They shouted at him to stay on the ground as they ran away.

The male on the bike is described as being white, around 6ft three inches tall and aged between 20 and 25 years old and of a chubby build. He was wearing a black bandanna. The other two males are described as wearing dark clothing.

Detective Constable Katy Tucker, who is investigating the incident, said: “This was a nasty and unprovoked attack and we are determined to trace those responsible.

“I am urging anyone who may recognise the descriptions of these males, or who may have seen them prior to, or after the incident took place to contact us as a matter of urgency.

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“I would also urge members of the public to think about their safety when out and about. Do not walk alone in isolated areas badly lit areas alone at night, always tell someone where you are going and if possible take a taxi or arrange alternative transport.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Tucker on 101 quoting crime reference number: E1/14/4085, or alternatively call Crimestoppers the independent charity on 0800 555 111.