Armed robbers targeted South Yorkshire cyclist

bike stolen at knifepoint near Rother Valley Country Park
bike stolen at knifepoint near Rother Valley Country Park
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A CYCLIST was knocked off his bike and robbed at knifepoint while riding on a popular South Yorkshire bridleway.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident on the Trans Pennine Trail, close to Rother Valley Country Park, which happened at about 12.50pm on Tuesday.

The victim - a 53-year-old man - was cycling on the Sheffield side of the trail near the cable water ski in the country park, when he was knocked off his bike by three men who were riding on a 1970s Lambretta-style scooter.

One of the men then threatened him with a knife and stole his bike, mobile phone and other items.

The three thugs fled in the direction of Beighton when another cyclist started to approach.

Police said the man was not injured but is ‘extremely shaken’ by the incident.

Det Con Ian Martin said: “We have provided extra high-visibility police patrols at the park and on the trail, however we do believe this to be an isolated incident. I would urge anyone with any information to please come forward.”

The incident follows an attack on racing cyclist Dave Scargill, aged 58, from Wombwell, who suffered a punctured lung and broken bones after a yob reached out of a passing car and shoved him from his bike at Hooton Pagnell, near Thurnscoe, on August 23.

The bike stolen in the Trans Pennine Trail robbery is an orange 5Pro. It has Fox forks in a gold kashima coating with a Maxis Advantage Rear tyre and GEAX front tyre.

The suspects were white and aged in their late teens to early 20s.

The thug with the knife was wearing a grey hoody, a white T-shirt, black shellsuit bottoms and black trainers. He had a black woolly scarf covering his face and black sunglasses. He was of a thin build and had small wisps of dark hair.

The other men were of similar builds, with one wearing a complete black shellsuit, black scarf and black sunglasses.

The scooter the men were riding had a white tank under the seat, and black metal framework visible as the plastic fairing appeared to have been removed.

■ Witnesses should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, quoting incident 472 of September 4.