Police are appealing for help to reunite a 12-year-old boy with his stolen bike after he was robbed in a Sunderland park.
The schoolboy was at Barnes Park when he was pushed off his bike by an older male believed to be in his teens shortly after 7pm on Tuesday (June 30).
The suspect then picked up the bicycle and rode off on it and, although the victim was uninjured, he was left shaken by the incident.
Northumbria Police have launched an investigation into the incident which happened in a park where a number of people were thought to have been in the vicinity.
An 18-year-old male has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and released on police bail.
Enquiries are ongoing, and police are now appealing with the public to help reunite the distinctive blue bicycle with its rightful owner.
Detective Constable Kelly Scott, of Northumbria Police, said: “This was a traumatic incident for the young victim who was pushed off his bicycle and then had to watch as the offender rode away with his prized possession.
“This is absolutely appalling behaviour and we are carrying out a range of enquiries to ensure those responsible are dealt with appropriately.
“A number of people were in the park at the time of the offence, and we believe someone must know where this bicycle now is. I’m appealing to those people to do the right thing, come forward, and tell us where it is.
“We want to get this bicycle back to the victim and we need your information in order to make that happen.
“If you have the bike, please return it to your nearest police station as soon as possible. People can also come forward and pass on information anonymously – please follow your conscience and get in touch.”
Anyone with information about the bike’s whereabouts is asked to contact us by using the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of our website or by calling 101 quoting reference 988 300620. Alternatively, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.