A MASKED thief assaulted a 15-year-old boy and stole his bike in Chester.

The teenager was riding through a wooded area behind The Arches Community Primary School in Blacon at around 3.05pm on Tuesday, January 8, when the incident happened.

As he cycled towards Durham Road a man blocked his path and threatened him.

The offender then punched the victim in the face and stole his bike, riding it away through the wooded area onto Durham Road.

The bike is a black Boardman MTR 8.8 full suspension 27.5’ mountain bike with a distinctive bright orange frame. The offender is described as white, around 5ft 10ins tall with an average build.

He was wearing a black balaclava and blue Puffa-style coat with the hood up and he spoke with a local accent.

Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and detectives want to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time and believes they may have seen something that could be relevant to the investigation.

They are also urging anyone with any information about the offender or the stolen bike to get in touch.

Detective Constable Vikki Gorman said: “Thankfully the victim only sustained minor injuries and did not need to go to hospital, but he was subjected to a terrifying ordeal and has understandably been left extremely shaken up.

“We are determined to find out who was responsible for the robbery and make them face the consequences of their actions.

“Enquiries into the incident – which occurred soon after children were let out of school to make their way home – are ongoing and I appeal for anyone who witnessed the robbery or saw anything else that may aid our investigation to come forward.

“The same goes for anyone who believes they may know who the offender is or have information regarding the whereabouts of the stolen mountain bike.

“I also want to hear from anyone who believes they may have CCTV footage of the offender, either before he stole the bike or afterwards.”

Anyone with information or CCTV footage that may help detectives with their ongoing investigation should call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting IML 289605, give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.