Police launch appeal after man attacked and robbed by gang

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist was assaulted and robbed in Baldock at the weekend.

The incident occurred between 7pm and 8pm on Sunday when a man was cycling along West Avenue.

He was approached a boy who asked him for a cigarette.

The man agreed and, as he was handing the cigarette over, he was placed in a headlock and assaulted.

Five other males approached and also assaulted him.

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He was told to empty his pockets and he handed over two mobile phones, before the men made off in a vehicle which was parked nearby.

The main offender was described as white, aged 16, around 5ft 7ins tall with a skinny face and was wearing a grey jumper and dark trousers.

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The other offenders are all described as white and wearing hooded tops.

DC Lisa Turner, who is investigating, said: “This was a shocking and unprovoked attack, and we are determined to find out who is responsible.

“Incidents such as these are not a regular occurrence in Baldock and incidents of robbery have greatly reduced this year.

“I would urge anyone who was in the area and believes they may have seen the incident take place to contact police as soon as possible via the non emergency number on 0845 33 00 222. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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