AN 11-year-old boy was robbed of his bike and pushed into the road.

The boy was cycling along Church Street, Westhoughton, with a friend shortly before 5pm on Monday when the attack happened.

He had a problem with the chain on the bike and was kneeling down beside it when two teenagers approached him.

He told them he was okay but they continued to come towards him and pushed him into the road before taking the bike.

The robbery happened near to Darby's Garden Centre. The older thief was already riding a bike and the younger was riding on the handlebars.

Their victim was not injured but was left shaken by the incident.

He rang the police before returning to his home nearby.

The boy’s mother, who did not wish to be named, said the bike was a Carrera Vengeance in black and appealed to anyone who knew where it was to get in touch with police.

She also wanted to make sure it didn’t happen to anyone else.

The boy had been working during the summer to save up for the bike before his grandmother helped him pay for the rest as a Christmas present.

A Greater Manchester spokesman said inquiries are ongoing into the incident and asked anyone with information to call 101.