A 73-year-old cyclist from Bolton has been hospitalised after an occupant of a passing car pushed him off the bike. The victim, who has not been named, ended up underneath a parked van and suffered injuries to his elbow and legs, and may need a skin graft. Police have issued an appeal to try and trace his assailant.
The incident took place at around 3pm last Sunday 27 March as the cyclist made his way along Crompton Way towards Thicketford Road. He was unable to provide a description of the car, but said that his attacker was wearing red clothing, says Greater Manchester Police.
Detective Sergeant Denise Pye from Bolton CID commented: "This was an extremely cruel and callous assault on the victim, who is a keen cyclist and who was out enjoying a ride.
"Whoever is responsible should be thoroughly ashamed that their cowardly act will no doubt irreversibly take away some of the enjoyment this man finds in cycling.
"I believe there would have been others in the car or someone else who knows who is responsible that will be as appalled by this as I am and I would encourage you to think how you would feel if this was your dad or granddad.
"Such reckless acts could have resulted in much more serious injuries and I want to assure anyone who knows anything about the person responsible that we will treat the information you give us in strict confidence."
Anyone who has information relating to the attack is requested to call Bolton CID on 0161 856 0961, or 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.