By Connie Osborne 04/05 Updated: 04/05 08:26
A TEENAGER was attacked by a group of men and had his mountain bike stolen while cycling near Pitcheroak Woods.
The 17-year-old was on a footpath shortly before midnight last Tuesday (April 24) and had reached a wooded area by the entrance to Birchfield Road when he was approached by four men wearing hooded tops.
One of them pulled him off his bike and another grabbed him by the throat, but the teenager managed to break free and run home.
He suffered bruising and scratches but did not require medical treatment.
On returning to the scene, police found the teenager's bicycle had been taken. It is an X-Rated mountain bike which has a black frame with silver stickers, no front brake lever or chain guard, and is worth about £70.
Three of the offenders were black and one of them was aged about 25, clean shaven, with a piercing in his bottom lip and, like the others, was wearing dark clothing.
The fourth offender was white and described as about 21 years of age, 5ft 11ins in height, slim and wearing a white Adidas hooded top with a black stripe on the chest area.
PC Martyn Dudley said: "Someone may well have seen the offenders hanging about in that area earlier in the evening or know who they are. We would also like to hear from anyone who may know where this bike is now or has been offered it for sale."
Witnesses or anyone with information should call PC Dudley at Redditch Police Station on 101, quoting incident reference 772-S-240412, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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