A cyclist has been left with a broken jaw and possible nerve damage after he was allegedly attacked and robbed of his £12,500 bicycle in Waltham Forest.

The victim, a man in his 40s, was riding his bike between the Lea Valley Ice Centre and the Lea Valley Riding Centre on Tuesday, May 23.

At around 7.45pm, a group of males, also on bicycles and wearing black hoodies, gathered on the cycle path, said police.

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As the victim approached the group, he was pushed from his bicycle and one of the group rode off on it into the marshes.

One of the members repeatedly kicked the victim, according to police.

As a result of the attack, the victim lost a number of teeth, broke his jaw in two places and broke his collar bone and scapula.

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Detective Constable Helen Cordes, who is leading the investigation, said: "This incident has left the victim with possible nerve damage and has resulted in him needing a number of surgeries.

"It is imperative we track down those responsible.

"This area is routinely used by commuters and I would ask any cyclists in the area at the time to share any helmet or body cams footage that may have captured this incident or suspects.

"I would also ask anyone in the trade to be on the lookout for this bike and anyone attempting to sell such a high-spec bike."

Anyone who witnessed this incident or has information is asked to call police on 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting reference CAD 7178/23MAY.

To remain 100 per cent anonymous you can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.