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A cyclist who could be a key witness to an attempted robbery by a hooded gang is being urged to come forward by police.

Officers investigating the attack wish to speak to a person riding a bike past the scene in Hemel Hempstead’s Gadebridge Road at around 6.45pm on Friday, January 2.

Police have today released details of the crime, involving a group of four men who were all wearing hoodies.

A man and woman were walking to their vehicle with their young son when they were approached by the gang, before the female victim was led to one side and the man was assaulted by other members of the group.

The group then made off in an unknown direction and nothing was taken.

The male victim, in his early 30s, suffered facial injuries.

PC Amy Tarver, investigating, said: “This was a disgraceful attack which occurred in front of the victim’s family, who have been left very shaken by the incident.

“I am keen to trace these men as soon as possible and would appeal to anyone who saw what happened to get in contact.

“I am particularly keen to hear from a cyclist who is believed to have ridden past at the time.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Tarver using he police non-emergency number 101, quoting the crime reference D1/15/34.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.