Two 14-year-old boys allegedly had their bikes stolen after being chased by two boys in black hooded sweatshirts.

On Sunday November 18, Daniel Lea and his friend Finlay Bowlzer were cycling in Penryn when they were approached by two boys who tried to push them off their bikes, according to Daniel's sister Jenny.

She told the Packet that the pair managed to escape and cycled to a nearby shop where they hid their bikes behind some bins and went inside to avoid the alleged attackers.

Jenny says that when they came out of the shop, they found that their bikes had been stolen.

The shop's CCTV did not catch the alleged criminals as it does not cover the car park.

Jenny said that her brother's bike was an early Christmas present. She said: "This bike was really precious to my brother, my mum and dad are hard working business owners who work hard to pay for presents for me and me brother.

"It's really sad that something they worked so hard to buy can be stolen by some bully that chooses to pick on boys younger than them."

Jenny is asking anyone who saw two boys in black hooded sweatshirts cycling from the Ponsharden roundabout towards Falmouth on Sunday November 18 to get in touch.

The two missing mountain bikes are: a Trek Ticket, black frame with bright blue top cap and wheels with blue hubs, and a Merida One-Twenty 500, black with green writing.

The incident has been reported to police.