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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.