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Image released after 13-year-old assaulted in attempted robbery

Police are calling on the public’s help for information after two suspects attacked and attempted to rob a 13-year-old boy of his bike.

Officers have released CCTV images of two people they wish to trace which could help them with their inquiries.

The incident happened on Monday 4 September at around 12.25 pm at Ashfield Precinct in Kirkby-in-Ashfield.

The 13-year-old victim had left his bike locked across the road from Subway. On his return, two male teenagers pounced on the victim, dragging him to the ground, and attempting to rob him of his bike.

A member of the public intervened and the suspects fled empty-handed in the direction of Lowmoor Road.

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Both suspects attempted to conceal their faces with masks. One of the suspects had dark hair, a dark blue top and dark trainers while the other had a shaved head and was wearing a dark blue tracksuit.

They are both believed to be teenagers and may have left the area on foot.

Officers carried out a full search of the area after the incident was reported but could not locate the suspects. Extensive CCTV inquiries are also being conducted.

The victim was left with bruises and a swollen hand but did not need hospital treatment.

PC Charles Richmond, who is investigating the incident, said:

“This was an appalling attack on a boy in the middle of a busy shopping street.

“We are determined to catch those responsible and we are hoping the public might have vital clues that could help us further our investigation.

“While the injuries the boy sustained from the attack were not serious, the emotional scars were. No one should have their valuables taken from them by force and that is why we treat every report of robbery and attempted robbery extremely seriously.

“Someone in the area will know who these two suspects are. We know they will have spoken to someone about this incident, and we really want to hear from you.

“We have also released CCTV images of people that could help us with our inquiries. Do you know the two people on the CCTV images? Are you the two people on the CCTV images? Please get in touch as soon as possible.

“While we understand the images are not of the highest quality we believe someone will be able to identify them through the clothing.”

Anyone with information can call 101 quoting incident number 0468 of the 4th September 2023 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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