Masked dirt bike riders ‘threaten people with blade and demand phones’ in Telford

Two men on dirt bikes tried robbing mobile phones from people in a Shropshire town. The men were said to have worn masks and wielded a blade in Telford.

The incidents took place on Silkin Way, near the A442, at around 10.30pm on Monday, April 4. The first victim, a man, was approached by the men before one of them threatened him with a bladed weapon.

The armed suspect demanded the victim hand over his mobile phone. But he was able to get away unharmed with his phone.

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Shortly afterwards, the men approached a second victim and demanded they also hand over their phone. The victim suspected one of the men had a weapon and also managed to get away unharmed with their phone.

West Mercia Police said the suspects were described as white men, aged between 25 and 35, and of a slim build. Both wore face coverings.

The first man was described as wearing a dark green or olive colored hoodie and rode a blue and white dirt bike. The second man was described as wearing a dark colored hoodie and riding either a red and white, or blue and white dirt bike.

A spokesperson for the force said: “Anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident and may have dash-cam or CCTV footage is asked to contact West Mercia Police quoting incident 705i of April 4 or by visiting our website. Alternatively, if you have information but don’t feel comfortable speaking to police, you can speak to the independent charity Crimestoppers.

“It is 100 per cent anonymous, they never ask your name and they cannot trace your call or IP address. You can contact them at crimestoppers-uk.org or 0800 555 111.”

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