19/07/2016

Robbery Victim Presented with Replacement Bike

A 14-year-old who was robbed of his bike has been presented with another one provided by Cleveland Police, Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner and Environment City.

Samuel Leone had his bike stolen when he was robbed on Friday 8th July at around 10pm on Crescent Road in Middlesbrough. Following a competition win at the recent Mela event in Middlesbrough, he was provided with a replacement bike.

Yesterday, Monday 18th July, Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger, Steven Davies from Cleveland Police Communities and Partnerships Team and Mike Riley from Middlesbrough’s Environment City handed over a bike to Samuel at the Cycle Centre in Middlesbrough Bus Station.

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “Samuel was recently a victim of a robbery and because of the unfortunate circumstances of his bike being stolen we thought it would be a good idea to replace it for him.
“I am really pleased that we were able to help Samuel and I hope that he enjoys the bike.”

Steve Davies, from the Communities and Partnerships Team, said: “A few weeks ago we had stalls set up at the Mela event in Middlesbrough, including a competition to win a bike lock by guessing the amount of UV marker pens in a glass jar.

“Samuel happened to win the competition, which was an unfortunate coincidence because when we called him to announce he was the winner, he explained to us that his bike had recently been stolen. We put our heads together and found an unclaimed bike from our lost property store that we could give to Samuel.”

Enquiries are currently ongoing to trace the suspect that robbed Samuel of his bike. It is believed the man who took the bike was wearing grey jogging bottoms, a black top and a cap and he had an Alsatian dog with him.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Cleveland Police on 101, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Photo caption - left to right:
Steve Davies from Cleveland Police’s Communities and Partnerships Team, Samuel’s mum, Donna Leone, Samuel Leone, Cycle Centre Manager, Mike O’Reilly and Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger.