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Victim was verbally abused then punched in face on Ridgeway Trail last Monday, say Dorset Police

Police in Dorset have launched a witness appeal after a man who was cycling with his 9-year-old daughter was punched in the face by another bike rider in Weymouth last Monday 4 August.

The incident occurred on a cycle path on the Ridgeway Trail at around 12.30pm and left the 44-year-old man from Weymouth with cuts to the inside of his mouth, marks on his face and an injured thumb.

Police say that the assailant, described as white, in his late forties, around 6 feet tall and dressed in a cream-coloured t-shirt, verbally abused the victim prior to assaulting him.

He then got back on his bike and rode off towards the Littlemoor roundabout.

Police Constable Daniel Kitton from Weymouth police said: “This incident left the victim very shocked.

“As it took place in broad daylight there may have been people around who saw what happened.

“I am appealing for anyone who saw the incident or who saw a man cycling near the brow of the Ridgeway, around 12.30pm on Monday 4 August 2014, to come forward.”

Anyone who saw the incident or has information about it is requested to contact Dorset Police on 101 quoting incident number 4:171, or the charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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Das [237 posts] 1 year ago
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Terrible and shameful!!!!

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truffy [653 posts] 1 year ago
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I note that the road.cc report takes an almost uncharacteristically neutral stance on this. Perhaps it's because no murderous, rampaging motorists were involved?

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don simon [750 posts] 1 year ago
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Scrotes ride bikes too.
Who'd've thunk it...

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userfriendly [548 posts] 1 year ago
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truffy wrote:

I note that the road.cc report takes an almost uncharacteristically neutral stance on this. Perhaps it's because no murderous, rampaging motorists were involved?

I see no difference to other witness appeal articles on here. Maybe it's just in your head?

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Leodis [402 posts] 1 year ago
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I thought cycle paths were safe  7

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a.jumper [846 posts] 1 year ago
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So the attacker is a cyclist and the victim is a man? Has the motoring media bought road.cc?

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MikeOnABike [53 posts] 1 year ago
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a.jumper wrote:

So the attacker is a cyclist and the victim is a man? Has the motoring media bought road.cc?

Try reading the report again

"Police in Dorset have launched a witness appeal after a man who was cycling with his 9-year-old daughter was punched in the face by another bike rider"

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Ramuz [140 posts] 1 year ago
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Nice one, you fucking dick.

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workhard [397 posts] 1 year ago
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Some nobbers drive cars, some nobbers ride bicycles.

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Garnett [2 posts] 1 year ago
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Come on, everyone. Help catch this guy who, presumably holding down some sh!tty job or gainfully unemployed, can get a suspended sentence which would ruin the life of a middle class professional, but which will have absolute no bearing on the scrote's life whatsoever.

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a.jumper [846 posts] 1 year ago
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MikeOnABike wrote:
a.jumper wrote:

So the attacker is a cyclist and the victim is a man? Has the motoring media bought road.cc?

Try reading the report again

Now you try reading the headline again :-P

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AWPeleton [3264 posts] 1 year ago
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Ramuz wrote:

Nice one, you fucking dick.

No need for language like that mate.

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Fifth Gear [75 posts] 1 year ago
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It would be interesting to know exactly why the attack occurred. There must have been a reason however unjustified.

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A V Lowe [573 posts] 1 year ago
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Exactly Fifth Gear - something happened which caused one cycle user to assault another cycle user, and ride away. We have a half-baked story which appeals for witnesses.

Now there may be reasons that the Police are not providing more information but it does no good to actually assume that the person who rode away carries all responsibility for the event taking place, or otherwise.

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Yorkshie Whippet [514 posts] 1 year ago
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Maybe it's my sense of humour!

I thought "hit the man with his daughter", bit vicious picking up a young lass and and hitting her against someone. What did she do to deserve such abuse?

Still, not very nice either way.