A PENSIONER was left injured and claims he had his mountain e-bike stolen after he was rammed off the road by a car in Solihull.
West Midlands Police has launched an appeal for information for the incident which took place on May 7 in Warings Green Road shortly before 4.30pm.
The force said a small white car deliberately collided with the 81-year-old and sent him flying into a ditch.
Three men emerged from the car with one riding off on the blue Trek FS4 Firefly which he’d only bought a week earlier.
The victim suffered severe bruising to his legs, face and a broken wrist and needed hospital treatment.
Police say CCTV enquiries are being carried out in the hope it will show the offenders.
The force is appealing for anyone who’s been offered the bike for sale or knows someone who’s recently got a bike like the one pictured to get in touch.
Detective Constable David Spencer, said: “The victim initially overtook the white car but shortly afterwards it pulled up in front of him and three men wearing masks got out.
“He tried to cycle off but the car approached and he was rammed into a ditch.
“He suffered nasty injuries but clearly it could have been much worse.
“This is a despicable offence and I would urge anyone who suspects the people involved to get in touch.
“They don’t deserve any protection: the victim could have been one of your elderly relatives so do the right thing and drop us a line.”
Anyone with information or dash-cam or helmet cam footage should contact police on 101 or through live chat at www.west-midlands.police.uk or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 and quote crime reference 20/394313/22.