Cottam schoolboy robbed of bike at knifepoint by three men

Posted on - 16th June, 2015 - 8:43am | Author - | Posted in - Cottam, Crime, Preston News
A bike similar to the one stolen from the schoolboy

A bike similar to the one stolen from the schoolboy

Police are appealing for witnesses after a schoolboy was threatened with a knife in Cottam.


The 14-year-old boy was cycling through a small park between Tom Benson Way and Cottam Green on his way from school on Thursday 11 June.

At around 3.25pm he found the path blocked by three men and one of them produced a knife.

He was told to get off his bike and was pushed into a bush.

The men demanded his mobile phone which the boy did not have on him. The offenders took his bike and left down a path which leads to the area opposite the Ancient Oak Pub.

The stolen bike is a grey Releigh Misceo 2.0 with a 22 inch frame.

DC Justin Singleton of Preston CID said: “This is a vicious and nasty attack on a young man who was making his way home from school and so I urge anyone with any information at all to please to come forward.”

“We are particularly keen to talk to anyone who was near to the scene at the time of the incident who may have seen the offenders in the vicinity.”

The three men police are looking for are described as:

One man aged 17 – 18 years with a chubby build, rounded face, stubble on his top lip, acne scars on his face and was wearing a grey hooded top with a grey and white t-shirt underneath and light grey tracksuit shorts.

One man aged 17 – 18 years with greasy brown hair with spots covering his nose and underneath his eyes and was wearing a blue quilted gilet with a hood and a grey patterned t-shirt and dark grey tracksuit bottoms.

One man aged 17-18 wearing dark clothing.

Anyone with information about the incident or about the offenders can contact Preston Police on 01772 209 754 quoting log reference 0833 of 11th June.

Alternatively, they can call police on 101 or they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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