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CAN YOU HELP? Witness appeal following a robbery in Garston

 Published on: 18th June 2021   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Detectives investigating a robbery in Garston are appealing for information and witnesses.

It happened at the junction of St Albans Road and North Western Avenue, next to the Shell petrol station, at 2.15am on Saturday, June 12. 

The victims, two teenage boys, bought a drink from the petrol garage before leaving on a bicycle. 

As they exited the garage forecourt on to St Albans Road, they noticed a group of four males who were walking down the street.

A male from the group shouted, approached the boys and pushed them off the bike. Both victims ran away and the group began to chase them.

One of the victims fell to the ground before he was punched to the side of the head. He later received hospital treatment.

The bike – a distinctive Mafia Bomma BMX with a blue, red, white and black frame, blue and red wheel spokes and bright blue tyres – was stolen and later recovered in Garston.

Detective Constable Vishal Khanna, from the Watford Local Crime Unit, said: “This was a frightening experience for the victims, who thankfully were not seriously injured during the incident. 

“We are carrying out extensive enquiries into this robbery and ask anyone who saw suspicious activity around the petrol station at the time of the offence, or any sightings of four males with a bicycle, to please come forward.

“Perhaps you were driving along St Albans Road at the time it happened? If you have a dash cam fitted to your vehicle, please check the footage to see if you have captured anything of note.”

You can email DC Khanna at vishal.khanna@herts.police.uk, report information online at herts.police.uk/report, talk to one of the police’s Force Communication Room operators via web chat at herts.police.uk/contact, or call their non-emergency number 101 quoting reference 41/43709/21.

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit their website www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

You can use our community voice platform ‘echo’ to let us know what you think we should be prioritising in your area. Your feedback will help towards shaping our local policing priorities, initiatives and campaigns. Visit bit.ly/police-watford and tell us what you think. 

Please don’t use echo to report an ongoing crime or incident. Remember: if you believe a crime is in progress or someone is in danger, always dial 999.

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