Detectives investigating a knifepoint robbery in Runcorn are appealing for information from the public.
At around 2.15pm on Sunday 27 January a 15-year-old boy from the town was riding his bicycle along Sandymoor Lane towards The Co-operative Food store on Widndmill Hill Avenue West.
As he got to the bridge over the Bridgwater Canal he was approached by three males, two of whom were also riding bicycles.
One of the males demanded the victim’s bike and threatened him with a knife.
The victim got off his bike and handed it to the male who was holding the weapon.
The offenders then rode off along the lane towards Sandymoor.
The incident was reported to the police and officers quickly attended the scene.
Aided by a police helicopter, they conducted a search for the offenders and the stolen bicycle.
The bike was subsequently located and a 17-year-old boy from Widnes was arrested on suspicion of robbery. He has since been released under investigation pending further enquiries.
Enquiries in relation to the incident are ongoing and detectives are urging anyone who witnessed it or anything else that may aid their investigation to come forward.
They also want to speak to anyone who believes they may know the identities of any of the offenders.
The male who threatened the victim with the knife is described as white and approximately 19 to 20 years old. He had an average build, was wearing a light khaki green coloured bubble coat and spoke with a deep voice and a local accent.
One of the males he was with was also white with an average build. He was aged approximately 20 years old, was around 5’ 10” tall and had a stubbly black beard. He was wearing a black Puffa jacket with the hood up and dark coloured cargo/tracksuit bottoms and was riding a dark coloured mountain bike.
Detective Sergeant Ian Smith said: “This was a frightening incident that has understandably left the victim extremely shaken up.
“Thankfully we have managed to recover the bicycle he had stolen from him and we are determined to identify all three males who were involved in the robbery and make them face the consequences of their actions.
“Enquiries are ongoing and I urge anyone who was in the area who witnessed what happened or anything else that may be relevant to contact the team here at Runcorn Police station.
“The same goes for anyone who believes they may know the identities of any of the offenders or have CCTV or dashcam footage of them.”
Anyone with information or CCTV footage that may help detectives with their ongoing investigation should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 305847, give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/
Dashcam footage can be submitted online at www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-
Chief Inspector Sarah Heath said: “I would like to reassure the community that this is believed to be an isolated incident and we have stepped up patrols in the area.
“At Cheshire Constabulary we are committed to doing all that we can to tackle knife crime.
“We will respond robustly to any knife related incidents and ensure that anyone found to be carrying a knife or committing a knife related offence is brought to justice.
“But the police cannot beat knife crime without the help of the rest of the community and we urge anyone with information about people who may be carrying knives to come forward and speak to us or independent charity Crimestoppers.”
To report any type of knife crime call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, or 999 in an emergency.