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Man charged with sexual assault on women using Bristol-Bath path

Charge relates to six incidents this year on Bristol and Bath Railway Path

Avon & Somerset Constabulary have revealed that a 21-year-old man has been charged on six counts of sexual assaults on women on the Bristol and Bath Railway Path.

The alleged incidents all took place on the Sustrans-managed facility, regularly used by cycle commuters, between May and July this year, at Bitton, Oldland Common, Soundwell and Warmley.

The man has been granted police bail on condition that he does not go on the shared-use path, and will appear before Northavon Magistrates on 3 December 2013.

In June, police warned users of the path to be vigilant following three separate reports of sexual assaults on women.

In a statement released at the time, police said: "The first incident was on Tuesday May 28, at about 5.30pm, when a man cycled alongside a woman jogging between Bitton and Warmley despite being shouted at to leave her alone.

"On Thursday June 13 another woman was jogging along the path between Warmley and Wick between 5.30 and 5.45pm. A man repeatedly cycled past her and slapped her on the bottom.

"On Thursday June 20 between 5.10 and 5.20pm there was another similar incident.

"All three women describe a white man, aged in his 20s, wearing a T shirt and cycling gear."

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Simon joined 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.

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