Knocked cyclists to the ground and then stole their bikes

A 15-year-old boy, who cannot be named, has been given a 12-month referral order and been ordered to pay his victims compensation after stealing three bikes on the Bristol to Bath cycle path last summer.

Avon and Somerset Police say the robberies took place between August 15 and 17.

Bristol Live reports that the victims, aged 28, 31, and 32, were knocked to the ground before their bikes were taken. The 28-year-old man and the 32-year-old man were also physically assaulted.

Investigating officer PC Richard Walmsley said: “The attacks would have been a terrifying experience for the victims who were simply using the cycle track on their routine commute home.

“They each suffered significant injuries and I hope these convictions provide some comfort to the victims as they continue to recover.”

The boy pleaded guilty to the robberies as well as one charge of obstructing a constable from carrying out their duties.

There were a number of reports of attempted bike thefts on the Bristol and Bath Railway Path last August.

On August 4, a group of cyclists were threatened with a knife by a gang of youths and one was hit with a D-lock by a member of the gang.

A few days later, a man’s bike was taken after he was threatened by a group of around 15 teenagers and then kicked off.

Sergeant Jim Wilson, of the Bristol East Neighbourhood Team, said: “We are committed to tackling people causing harm within our communities and making the Bristol to Bath Path a safe place to use for all.

“The local neighbourhood team continues to patrol the pathway and if anyone sees any groups or individuals acting anti-socially or feels intimidated, please call 101 or 999 if a crime is being committed.”

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