A YOUNG man was beaten by a gang and had his bike stolen during a terrifying attack.

The victim, a 19-year-old man, was cycling on Waverley Road at around 7pm on November 20 when he noticed a car following close behind him.

As he stopped a the junction with Beecham Road to allow the car to pass, three men jumped out of the car and pounced on him.

The offenders stole his B'Twin black and yellow mountain bike and the victim sustained minor injuries as a result of the assault.

Investigating officers believe the offenders were driving a White Ford Focus with bright LED lights.

The first offender is described as a white man, between 20 and 25-years-old, around 5ft 10ins with a medium build. He has short dark hair and a stubble. He was wearing black clothing.

The second offender is described as a white man, around 20 to 25-years old-and 5ft 10ins, wearing dark clothing and his hood up.

No description of the third offender is available.

Investigating officer, detective constable Alan Pearcy, said: "We are investigating this robbery and are appealing for anyone who might have information to come forward.

"We are specifically appealing for anyone who may have witnessed this incident or was in the area at the time of this robbery to come forward to police.

"We believe that the offenders were driving a White Ford Focus with bright LED lights and that there was also another vehicle in the area at the time. This second vehicle was being blocked by the offenders when the offence was occurring.

"If you think you may have any information please contact police on the non-emergency number 101."

If you have any information relating to this case, please call 101 quoting reference '43170345949', or contact Crimestoppers anonymously.