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Appeal after cyclist robbed in Richmond Park

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Appeal after cyclist robbed in Richmond Park

Officers are appealing for information after a cyclist was assaulted by a group of people who stole his bike in Richmond Park

Police were called at 16:01hrs on Thursday, 7 October to reports of a robbery that had occurred near to the Roehampton Gate entrance of the park.

It was reported that a man aged in his 30s was cycling through the park when his bike was rammed by four men who were travelling on two mopeds.

This caused the victim to fall to the ground. The group then threatened the victim with a machete before riding off with the bike towards Danebury Avenue.

The cyclist did not require hospital treatment, although he did suffer injuries to his arm as a result of trying to keep hold of the bike.

Officers attended at the time and took an initial statement from the victim. They carried out a search of the nearby area but no suspects were found.

PC Ian Croxford, from Operation Venice, the Met's response to moped enabled crime, said: "Although the victim did not suffer serious injuries this was an incredibly frightening experience and we will do all we can to track down those responsible.

"I'm asking people who were in Richmond Park on Thursday afternoon to check for any video they may have showing a group of four men on mopeds. That could be mobile phone footage, dashcams or cycle helmet footage.

"I'd also ask people living or working nearby to check any local CCTV, dashcam or doorbell footage as this could be key to us identifying these dangerous individuals."

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting CAD 5103/07Oct. To remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.