Police launch appeal after Mansfield man has Trek mountain bike stolen from train
OFFICERS from British Transport Police (BTP) have launched a public appeal for information after a vulnerable man had his bicycle stolen from a train on Saturday.
PC Adam Ashton, investigating the incident said: "The victim, a 44-year-old deaf man from Mansfield, was travelling on a train between Nottingham and Mansfield around 4.20pm.
"He was waiting with his bike by the doors, preparing to leave the service at Mansfield.
"When the train stopped at Sutton Parkway, a man on the train tried speaking to the victim, however the victim was unable to understand him."
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The man then grabbed the bike, a white Trek 4900 mountain bike with black and red markings, from the victim and left the train.
Police believe the man responsible is white, has a shaved head and was wearing a black hoody at the time of the incident.
Officers are continuing their lines of enquiry into the incident, and are currently seizing potential CCTV opportunities.
PC Ashton continued: "The victim was left feeling understandably shaken and shocked by the incident.
"The man's actions were truly appalling; targeting a vulnerable man as he was travelling home alone, and we are determined to identify the man responsible.
"I would urge anyone who has any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to come forward as it could really help us with the investigation."
Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting B14/NEA of 05/02/2013.
Alternatively, contact the independent charity, Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111