Police appeal after man punched to ground in Welwyn Garden City motorbike robbery
PUBLISHED: 17:05 28 October 2014 | UPDATED: 17:05 28 October 2014
A man was punched to the floor and had his motorbike stolen in an 'unprovoked' attack in Welwyn Garden City.
The victim, in his 20s, had let one of his attackers ride on the bike before he was set upon.
It happened in Cole Green Lane at around noon on Sunday.
The victim was walking along the road with friends, wheeling a green and blue Kawasaki KX60 motocross bike when they were approached by two men in a white drop-side Transit van.
One man got out of the van and asked to have a go on the bike, or said he would take it.
The victim let the man ride the bike, and he then returned it and got back into the van.
The van started to drive off before stopping again and two men got out.
One of them punched the victim to the ground and then pushed him into a bush, causing him slight injuries.
In the meantime, the second man took the bike and rode off towards the A414.
The first man then followed in the van.
Police are now keen to hear from anyone who has information about the robbery.
The first man is described as white, around 18 years old, slim, with mousey-coloured cropped thinning hair.
He was wearing a blue zip-up jumper.
The second man is described as white, aged 17 to 19, stocky, around 5ft 8in tall, with short black hair which was slicked back.
He was wearing a blue top, grey tracksuit bottoms, muddy white trainers and spoke with an Irish accent.
Det Con Ian Aldridge, investigating, said: “This was an unprovoked attack and I am keen to trace those responsible as soon as possible.
“I am appealing to anyone who thinks they may have seen these two men, the van or the bike in the area around the time of the incident to contact me.
“I would also like to hear from anyone who knows the whereabouts of the bike or who may have been offered it for sale.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Aldridge via the Hertfordshire Constabulary non-emergency number, 101, quoting crime reference B1/14/3163.
Alternatively call Crimestoppers, the independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555111.