Saturday 23 October 2021
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Cyclist sprayed with liquid from a car and attached with planks in street robbery

Police arrested two suspects within half-an-hour of a report of a cyclist being robbed.

The victim was riding to work when a car pulled up alongside him and sprayed some unknown liquid at him.

Three men then got out of the car and hit the cyclist with wooden planks before taking his mobile phone, wallet and bank cards.

It happened shortly before 8pm yesterday in Sylvan Way, Fernwood.

The victim, who suffered a cut to his head and arm injuries during the incident, smashed the driver’s window before the car headed off towards Balderton.

Police were quick to react and an officer soon spotted a parked car with some people inside and some broken glass next to it. The officer tracked it to a service station while checks were made.

A short time later, just after 8.20pm, two people stood around the car, a 20-year-old man and a 15-year-old girl, were arrested on suspicion of robbery. Both remain in custody.

Police are hunting a third man who escaped from the vehicle. He is white, about 5ft 7ins tall, of slim build and has short dark hair. He was wearing a T-shirt and dark bottoms.

Detective Sergeant Matt Scott, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “We will always respond swiftly to serious incidents involving violence such as robbery and we treat reports such as this one incredibly seriously.

“Our determination to keep people safe and take robust action against suspected offenders was demonstrated by officers managing to arrest two suspects within 30 minutes of this incident being reported.

“We are now working hard to trace a third suspect in connection with this frightening attack and I’d urge anyone who has any information which could help us with our enquiries to please get in touch as soon as possible.”

The latest national statistics show that robberies in Nottinghamshire fell by 36 per cent in the year to April 2021, marking a sustained drop which started well before the impact of the pandemic.

Offences of violence with injury also plummeted by 25 per cent as officers continued with a raft of proactive initiatives in pursuing those who cause communities most harm and preventing offences.

The force’s designated robbery teams, meanwhile, have also overseen a rise in detection rates of more than ten percent – meaning more criminals are being arrested and charged.

Officers would still like to hear from anyone who witnessed the robbery or has any dash-cam or mobile phone footage, and are urging people to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 687 of 10 August 2021. Alternatively people can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.