Greater Mancchester Police seek information on attack in Bolton last Sunday

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.

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.