"Bike-jacking" Investigated In Portsmouth

Police are appealing for information after a man had his motorbike stolen from him in Portsmouth.

Just after 5pm yesterday (Tuesday, August 24), the 17-year-old was riding his blue Masai DB 125 down Queen Street, Portsea.
 
He had stopped in Alyward Street and was approached by a group of around four men and two women from the other side of the road.
 
One of the men spoke to him, while another moved behind him, grabbed him round the neck and dragged him off the bike.
 
The first man took the bike and ran off with it across the road.
 
The victim was thrown to the ground by the second man.. He was winded but otherwise uninjured.
 
The main offenders are described as:
  • White men
  • Aged between 16 and 17-years-old
  • Slim build
 
The first was about 5ft 10ins tall, wearing a plain white T-shirt and tracksuit bottoms. He had dark, flat, cropped hair and was clean shaven.
 
The second was about 5ft 5ins tall, with dark brown, shoulder-length hair slicked over to one side with gel, wearing an Adidas original white hooded-top and grey jogging bottoms.
 
PC Mel Adcock from the Targeted Patrol team said: “This is quite a unique motorbike and there are not many in Portsmouth.
 
“The robbery happened at rush hour in a main road in Portsmouth and was witnessed by people in queuing vehicles. 
 
“I would urgently appeal to those witnesses to contact us with any information they may have.
 
“The young lad was simply waiting for his cousin to catch him up.  He certainly did not deserve or invite this situation.  I would urge anybody with any information to come forward.”
 
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Adcock at Southsea police station on 101 or the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.
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