Teen Arrested in Connection with Richmond Park Bike Robberies

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Picture posted on Twitter purporting to show robbers with stolen bike
Picture posted on Twitter purporting to show robbers with stolen bike


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A 16-year-old boy is currently in custody after he was arrested by officers investigating a spate of bike thefts around Richmond Park.

He was detained this Friday (15 October) on suspicion of robbery, attempted robbery, possession of an offensive weapon and allowing to be carried in a stolen vehicle.

He was subsequently charged with offences related to a separate investigation. He remains under investigation for the offences relating to the robberies.

Another arrest was made of a man on Tuesday 12 October after a ‘tactical contact’ with a stolen motorbike in the Richmond Park area. Police engaged and pursued the man before bringing him to a stop. This arrest has not been officially linked to the bike robberies at this stage.

The robbery spree appears to have begun at around 7pm on Wednesday, 6 October, when a man in his thirties reported having his Cannondale bike stolen on Sawyers Hill by two men riding electric scooters. They pushed his from the bike, causing minor injuries before making off towards Richmond Gate.

At 4.10pm on Thursday, 7 October professional cyclist Alexandar Richardson was knocked off his bike by four males on mopeds who he says were carrying machetes. His bike was reported worth around £10,000.

Patrols in the Richmond Park area have been stepped up
Patrols in the Richmond Park area have been stepped up

On Monday 11 October at around 5pm a man in his thirties was knocked from his bike on Danebury Avenue, Roehampton by two males travelling on a moped who then stole his bike. He also reporting being threatened with a machete. He suffered minor injuries as a result of the fall from his bike.

At around the same time a man in his fifties was pushed from his bike in Roehampton Lane. He was approached by two males on a moped. No injuries were reported.

Enquiries into the circumstances are ongoing and anyone with information that could help the investigation is asked to call 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 5103/07OCT.

Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously, by calling 0800 555 111.

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October 20, 2021

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