Police hunting bicycle robber

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A ROBBER threatened a man with a screwdriver and stole his bicycle in a terrifying attack.

Police are urgently appealing for witnesses to come forward after the 20-year-old victim was also robbed of his phone and forced to accompany the offender to a local supermarket in the incident.

The victim’s ordeal began after being approached as he was leaving his house in Robertshaw Lane, in Leigh, at around 5.30am on October 19.

He was locking his front door on his way out to work when he found a man standing nearby waving a black-handled screwdriver in front of his face.

The offender told him he wanted to go and get a can of lager and demanded the battery from the victim’s Samsung Galaxy phone, and pushed the screwdriver towards his throat when he refused to co-operate.

He then forced the victim to accompany him to an Asda store in Leigh, getting on to his bike during the journey and saying he would return both the cycle and phone when he had got a drink from the supermarket.

However, the thief then cycled off and the victim did not see him again, and Greater Manchester Police are now keen to hear from anyone who knows about the incident before the offender targets someone else.

Police Constable Chris Waddicar said: “This thief is clearly very desperate if he is prepared to use a screwdriver to get his hands on a bike, a phone and a bit of alcohol so early in the morning.

“Whatever his motivation, it is no excuse whatsoever for the ordeal he subjected this innocent man to.

“Quite rightly, the victim had no idea what this offender was capable of and thankfully he was not injured. Possessions can be replaced.

“I am now appealing to anyone who can help us find this man to come forward.”

The offender is described as white, in his early to mid-20s, of a medium build and about 5ft 7in tall.

He had shaved black hair, brown eyes and was wearing a dark blue sweatshirt and dark blue tracksuit bottoms, and was also said to have a tattoo on his right forearm.

The bike was silver with Saxon written in pink letters, and police are keen to speak to anyone who believes they may have seen the offender riding a cycle matching the description.

Anyone with information about this incident should call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.