Police in Edinburgh have launched a witness appeal after a cyclist was assaulted on a cycle path on what they say was a “brutal and unprovoked attack” which left the victim needing hospital treatment for facial injuries.
The incident took place at around 2.30pm on Friday afternoon under the Red Bridge near the Crew Toll roundabout on Ferry Road, according to Police Scotland.
The cyclist, a 54-year-old male, was approached by another man, described as “white, of medium build and aged around 30 years old.”
Officers say that the man, who was said to be wearing “a grey jumper, dark grey trousers, dark coloured walking shoes and a blue jacket tied around his waist” and who was walking a Husky-type dog with a lead, assaulted the cyclist “after a brief altercation.”
Detective Constable Douglas Mogg commented: “This was a brutal and unprovoked attack on a cyclist who was using a marked cycle path and it has left the victim injured and badly shaken.”
“We are keen to hear from anyone who saw a man meeting this description around this time or who can supply this man’s identity and they are asked to contact Police on the 101 number or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.