Detectives are appealing for information after a 13-year-old boy was threatened and had his bicycle stolen in Widnes.
At around 4.50pm on Tuesday 8 December the victim noticed an unknown male walking towards his mountain bike, which he had left propped up by Our Lady Of Perpetual Succour RC Church on Mayfield Avenue as he played with friends.
The victim ran towards the bike, got on it and attempted to ride away.
But the unknown male pushed him off the bike and got on it himself.
He then rode off onto Delamere Avenue, but not before threatening the victim, who had attempted to follow him on foot.
The offender, who was in the area with another male, is described as around 15 years old with a slim build. He was wearing shiny black bottoms and a silvery grey coat with the hood pulled up and a cap or another coat underneath it.
The bicycle he stole was an orange Diamondback prototype mountain bike with a ripped seat.
Detectives are urging anyone with information regarding the bike's whereabouts or the identity of the offender to get in touch.
They also want to hear from anyone who witnessed, or has dashcam or CCTV footage of, anything that may aid their investigation into the incident.
Detective Constable James Simpson said: “As well as losing his bike the victim has understandably been left shaken up by the incident.
“We are determined to find out who stole his bike, have it reunited with its rightful owner and make the offender face the consequences of his actions.
“Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and we want to speak to anyone who witnessed it or thinks they many have seen, or have CCTV or dashcam footage of, the offender before or after he stole the bike.
“The same goes for anyone who believes they may be able to help us identify who the offender is and the location of the stolen bike.”
Anyone with information or CCTV footage that may help detectives with their ongoing investigation should call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting IML 289729, give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Dashcam footage can be submitted online at www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/roads-and-vehicle-safety/submit-dashcam-footage.