Passers-by intervene in Letchworth to reunite 15-year-old boy with bicycle after teen group rob and toy with him

PUBLISHED: 10:52 03 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:52 03 May 2017

Police are appealing for information following the cruel robbery in Letchworth.

Police are appealing for information following the cruel robbery in Letchworth.

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Good Samaritans intervened in Letchworth to reunite a 15-year-old boy with his bicycle after a gang of youths robbed him of it before beating him up.

The incident happened between 3.30pm and 5.30pm on Monday, April 17, when a group of teenagers approached the victim in Rushby Mead, near Howard Park, and demanded he hand over his bicycle.

He gave it to them, but one of the gang then assaulted him, repeatedly kicking him in the back of his legs.

The group, described as being boys and girls aged between 13 and 18, then made him sit on the grass before escorting him from the park – after which they continued toying with him, shoving him and holding him in a headlock.

During the ordeal the victim had his mobile phone taken and smashed on the floor.

The teenager eventually managed to run away from the group – but several passers-by intervened when they chased him, and he got the bike back.

Det Con Kate Marshall, who is investigating the robbery, said: “This was a nasty and cruel attack over a sustained period of time.

“I am keen to speak to anyone who was in the area around the time of the incident and believes they saw the group, who are described as a mixture of boys and girls aged between 13 and 18 years old.

“I would also like to speak to the members of the public who intervened to help the young victim, as you may have vital information that could assist the investigation.”

Witnesses and anyone else with information should call police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference G2/17/883. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or crimestoppers-uk.org.

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