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Female cyclist sprayed with beer and verbally abused by men blocking cycle path

The cyclist was left shaken by the incident involving a group of men who police believe may have been involved in criminal damage and an assault earlier on Friday afternoon

A lone female cyclist was verbally abused and sprayed with beer by a group of men blocking a cycle path in Swindon.

The woman in her 50s was subject to crude comments from the men, described as white and in their late 20s or 30s, and sprayed with beer by another during the frightening incident on Friday afternoon.

The rider was left shaken, and police now believe the same group may have been involved in criminal damage and potentially an assault on the same road earlier in the afternoon.

The Swindon Advertiser reports the woman was cycling along Whitworth Road in the north of the Wiltshire town between 3pm and 4pm when she was stopped between the junctions with Haydon View and Mendip Close.

Police said the men walked off shortly after but may have been involved in earlier incidents as well.

Officers ask anyone with information to come forward, including anyone who witnessed the incident or who may have been targeted.

Anyone with private CCTV, video doorbell or dash cam footage which could help is asked to call 101, quoting reference 54220012595.

Dan joined in 2020, and spent most of his first year (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. At the start of 2022 he took on the role of news editor. Before joining, Dan wrote about various sports, including football and boxing for the Daily Express, and covered the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for The Non-League Paper. Part of the generation inspired by the 2012 Olympics, Dan has been 'enjoying' life on two wheels ever since and spends his weekends making bonk-induced trips to the petrol stations of the south of England.

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