Would-be thieves target cyclist

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TWO men tried to wrestle a bike from a cyclist as he rode to work.

The attempted theft took place on the cycle path towards the city centre at around 10:25pm on Saturday May 26.

The man was riding close to Carlisle Bridge when he was approached by the men who were blocking his path.

One of the men stood in front of his bike preventing him from moving whilst the second man grabbed hold of his arm and demanded he handed over his bike.

The victim has managed to free himself from the offenders and been able to cycle away towards Lancaster and the offenders have ran off onto Morecambe Road in the opposite direction.

The first man is described as white, in his mid 20s and approximately 5ft 8in. He has short ginger hair stuck up, a spotty forehead, stubble and a swollen lip on his right side.

He was wearing a royal blue adidas tracksuit with three white stripes down the arms and black pants.

The second man was also white and in his early 20s and around 5ft 10in with stubble and had a fresh scar under his right eye. He was wearing a light grey hooded top with two white tassels, dark Nike tracksuit bottoms and white trainers.

Detective Sergeant Fiona Jackson, from Lancaster CID, said: “Fortunately, the victim was not seriously hurt but it must have been a frightening experience for him.

“I would appeal to anyone who witnessed what happened or who has information to come forward and contact the police.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Lancaster CID on 101.

People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at {http://www. Crimestoppers-uk.org|Crimestoppers-uk.org}.

No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.