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Rare BMX stolen during violent robbery, Mesnes Park
Thursday 27th September, 2012

Rare BMX stolen during violent robbery, Mesnes Park

Two teenage boys were assaulted during a robbery in a Wigan Park.

Sometime between 8.30pm and 9pm on Saturday 22 September 2012, a group of friends were in Mesnes Park, when they were approached by a group of five or six men in their late teens to early 20s, as they were near the Bowling Green.

A 14-year-old boy was knocked to the floor and assaulted.

His friend, a 16-year-old boy, was also punched to the floor. One of the offenders then rifled through his pockets and stole his black mp3 player.

The offender then pushed the victim to the floor as he tried to get up and prised his BMX bike from him.

All of the offenders were white and aged between 16 and 20. The main offender is described as being a white man, aged between 17 and 18, approximately 5ft 7in tall of slim build, blond short hair and wearing a grey jumper and grey tracksuit bottoms.

The BMX is an Army "Fit" model and very unique. It has white tyres, the front wheel rim is red and the rear wheel rim is green. It has no brakes and has a worn left handle bar grip.

PC Sean O' Connor, based at Wigan police station, said: "This was a cowardly attack on a group of young people who were enjoying their Saturday night. The offenders outnumbered and appeared to be older than the victims.

"The BMX is very distinctive and is still missing. Anyone who recognises the bike from the picture and may have seen it recently is urged to call us.

"I am aware that several people were still in the park at that point and I would encourage any witnesses to contact me."

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 9188 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111

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