Teenager threatened with knife and assaulted

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AN 18-year-old man was threatened with a knife during a robbery in Wigan.

The teenager was riding his bike through a wooded area of Mesnes Park at around 10.50pm on Monday, June 3, when an offender ran across his path, causing him to brake.

The victim was then kicked in his side, forcing him to fall to the ground before another man threatened him with a knife.

The first man took the bike before the second man stole his jacket and ran off.

The first offender is described as being white, 6ft tall, of stocky build and wore a dark outdoor jacket with the hood up and a black balaclava.

The second is described as being white, 5ft tall, of skinny build, in his late teens, had teeth missing and wore a black baseball cap, grey waterproof jacket that had a horizontal zip to the chest that was yellow at one end and red at the other.

The bike that was stolen is described as a yellow BMX with a white seat and black forks.

Detective Constable Danny Ritchie from INPT Wigan West said: “These two men kicked and threatened the victim with a knife, leaving a young man terrified for his own safety.

“I understand the park is large but I would ask anyone who may have been walking through and either witnessed the assault or saw two men fitting the descriptions given to call us as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 9188 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.