This was the horrifying moment a masked youth punched a cyclist in the face four times before dragging him to the floor as they wrestled over a bike.
A 29-year-old man had been on his way to buy a pint of milk when a teenage yob seemingly high on drugs confronted him in London Road, Chesterton.
Shocking CCTV footage shows the victim wheeling the bicycle to the railings as the mugger jogs across the road and confronts him near The Mighty Bite Sandwich shop.
He then makes a grab for the bike before swinging at the man’s head three times with his right fist and once with his left and pulling him to the pavement.
The pair then tussle on the ground before the would-be robber attempts to ride off.
His mates then appears and they leave the scene.
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The victim has today asked StokeonTrentLive to share footage of the incident to warn other people to be on their guard against gangs of teen yobs.
He has spoken out after the police this week dropped their investigation into the attempted mugging on February 28 as they have been unable to identify the suspect, who is believed to be only around 15-years-old.
The victim, who lives in the Newcastle area, said: “I’d been to visit my grandad in hospital. I’d just sold my motorbike which was way I was using the pushbike.
“I was just getting a bottle of milk from town when I heard a voice saying ‘that’s my bike’. He said it in a really slow manner so I could tell he was on something. He came across the road and the group were on the other side.
“He grabbed the bike and then started punching me in the face when I wouldn’t let go. I think I caught the third punch and then he dragged me to the floor and pulled me along.
“He started walking away with the bike but I ran after him and grabbed it back.
“There was a group of them and his friends then came over and told him to stop because the police were down the road.
“I had a bit of a nose bleed, a lump on my arm and some scrapes on my leg. Thankfully the punches were quite childlike – they hurt but didn’t do any serious damage.
“I got myself home and pulled myself together before calling the police.”
The man added: “I’ve never been assaulted like that before. He was only around 15-years-old. He was lanky with a big nose. He was also wearing a mask.
“There’s quite a bit of CCTV covering that area. I think it showed them sitting outside the Co-op.
“I had to go to Hanley station to do an interview but now I’ve been told the investigation has been dropped because they can’t identify them.
“The annoying thing is that this lad who was in his mid teens thinks he can just go around trying to take things that is not his and to attack them for it if they don’t give it to him.
“This lad is probably attacking and stealing from other innocent people and projecting fear in them, because he is getting away with it.
“If nothing is done to stop him he will eventually get more confident and do something much more serious like possibly even stab someone.
“If he attacks the wrong person he could get killed himself which to be honest would serve him right.
“He has probably been in trouble with the police before and just got given a slap on the wrist. We’re getting too soft.
“I wanted to warn others to be wary of these gangs of youths. I want to send the message out there to other people.”
The incident took place at around 6.22pm on February 28.
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “We were called at 7.15pm to reports that a man had been assaulted and someone had tried to steal his bicycle in Chesterton.
“The attempted robbery and assault took place outside the Mighty Sandwich on London Road at approximately 6.15pm. The man was punched in the face.
“The offender is described as a teenage boy, 5ft 10in tall wearing a dark-blue hoody and tracksuit bottoms. He walked along London Road towards Crackley with a group of teenagers”
Anyone with any information should message Staffordshire Police on Facebook or Twitter quoting incident number 657 of February 29. Alternatively call 101 or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.