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Man assaulted during attempted bike theft

Detectives at Bitterne have released an e-fit of a man they want to speak to in connection with the attempted robbery of a mountain bike at Southampton Common.

A 17-year-old student was cycling through Southampton Common on route to a friend’s house on the 30th October. When he neared Hawthorns Café, a man emerged from bushes and grabbed his pedal cycle.

The student fell off the bike and was assaulted by the man. It's believed the offender was trying to steal the cycle.

The victim suffered a black eye and a cut and swollen lip. He managed to escape with nothing being taken.