17-year-old boy attacked by youths wearing balaclavas

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 17-year-old boy was attacked for his bicycle at an underpass in West Swindon on Monday.

Wiltshire Police response car
Wiltshire Police response car

The terrifying incident took place at the Whitehill Way underpass, between Westlea and Eastleaze, near the Fitness First gym, at around 4.15pm.

A resident, who was passing by, found the teenager just after the attack. She said: “I rang the police and waited with a young lad who had been jumped by [three] lads.”

The passer-by says that she is ‘really shaken’ by yesterday’s events.

The victim was riding his bike along the cycle path to the underpass when he noticed two males stood near the entrance; as he attempted to ride pass them, both stepped out in front of him causing him to stop.

Both males were wearing balaclavas and had their hoods up.

The males then attacked the victim; at this point another male joined them.

The third male attempted to take the bicycle but the victim managed to grab his bike back; at this point the three attackers ran off towards the nearby fire station at Westlea.

PC Scott Young said: “This was a nasty attack and we would like to hear from anyone who may have seen these three youths in this area around this time or may have seen anything suspicious in the area yesterday afternoon.”


Description: white, approx. 6ft tall, around 17 years old, slim, wearing black jeans, a grey Puffa style jacket with hood, a black balaclava and gloves.


Description: white, approx. 5ft 8 tall, around 15 years old, slim, wearing black jeans, a grey hooded top with a blue rim around the hood, a black balaclava and black and blue gloves.


Description: white, approx. 5ft 8 tall, around 14 years old, slim, wearing grey Adidas tracksuit bottoms with red stripes down each leg, a grey hooded top with the hood up, a red badge logo/crest on his chest and a black balaclava.

“If anyone can help please come forward. This is a well used cycle path and underpass, someone may have seen something”, PC Young added. “If you can help please call me on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”