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Teenager assaulted because he was seen riding on the pavement

Police are now appealing for information to track down the man involved...

A teenager was assaulted by a man who was infuriated that he was cycling on the pavement.

The man, who is believed to be in his late 40s, allegedly pulled the 14-year-old off his bike and threatened him after he cycled past him at Keptie Pond in Arbroath, Scotland.

The two scuffled with each other before being broken up by a member of the public, The Courier reports. 

Police are now looking to trace the man in connection with the assault which took place between 6pm and 6.30pm on Monday (20 September).

He is described as being 45 to 50 years old, stocky, around 5ft 9 with short grey hair and a beanie type hat.

He was also seen wearing a black jacket and black bottoms.

Officers are also looking to trace the member of the public who broke up the scrap.

A police spokesperson added: “If you have any information that could assist our investigation, please call 101 or speak to any police officer.

“Also, information can be given anonymously through CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111. Our reference is incident 3117 of September 20.”

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Velo-drone | 2 years ago
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Quick look at Google shows that Keptie pond has a path around it. If this path was the location the law against cycling on pavements does not apply, as it is not alongside a road.

Even if it was a pavement on the road alongside Keptie Pond, young people are specifically included in the original guidance to the legislation that penalties should not be applied to those who cycle on the pavement for their own safety from traffic, and who do so considerately.

Obviously we don't know what manner the lad was cycling in, but regardless it won't be an excuse for 40 yr old to be assaulting a 14 y.o.

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Sniffer replied to Velo-drone | 2 years ago
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Don't get confused between English and Scottish guidance. I am not aware of any guidance that applies in Scotland.

I had assumed that it was so obvious that it wasn't necessary.

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brooksby replied to Velo-drone | 2 years ago
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Google also reckons there is a main cycling route (recreational) which commences at Keptie Pond.  I think it's one of those typical park paths where common sense usage is supposed to apply.

 

(Or the 72 year old saw a cyclist run a red light once, and had been at the special brew...).

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Captain Badger replied to Velo-drone | 2 years ago
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Velo-drone wrote:

Quick look at Google shows that Keptie pond has a path around it. If this path was the location the law against cycling on pavements does not apply, as it is not alongside a road. Even if it was a pavement on the road alongside Keptie Pond, young people are specifically included in the original guidance to the legislation that penalties should not be applied to those who cycle on the pavement for their own safety from traffic, and who do so considerately. Obviously we don't know what manner the lad was cycling in, but regardless it won't be an excuse for 40 yr old to be assaulting a 14 y.o.

One quick look at common decency and "not being a psycho" shows that grown men who assault teenagers for riding bikes are w@nkers

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Jetmans Dad replied to Captain Badger | 2 years ago
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Captain Badger wrote:

One quick look at common decency and "not being a psycho" shows that grown men who assault teenagers for riding bikes are w@nkers

To be fair ... that applies to grown men who assault teenagers for any reason whatsoever. 

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Global Nomad | 2 years ago
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recognised the picture of Trafalgar Square in London and then realised the story referred to a place in Scotland...not the biggest problem, but editorially slack...i do wonder whether that person assualts other people who do thing he doesnt like (or technically break the law), like pedestrians crossing against the lights or uber drivers stopping where they like...

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markieteeee replied to Global Nomad | 2 years ago
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Agree about the picture being slack - it also misrepresents the situation.  My guess is that the path around Keptie Pond is mixed use, so the lad was unlikely to have been breaking any laws, not that that would be an excuse to assault him anyway. Can anyone from Arbroath confirm this? 

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swldxer replied to markieteeee | 2 years ago
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A 72-year-old man has been charged after a Scots schoolboy was allegedly attacked in Angus.

Police confirmed the pensioner has now been charged in connection with an alleged assault on a 14-year-old boy i n Keptie Road, Arbroath, on Monday evening.

Officers launched a major probe earlier in the week after the schoolboy was allegedly threatened, pulled off his bike and attacked by a man.

A 72-year-old has now been charged and he will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

A Police Scotland statement said: "A 72 year old man has been charged in connection with an alleged assault on a 14 year old boy in Keptie Road, Arbroath, on 20th September.

"He will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

"Thank you to everyone who responded to or shared our appeal in connection with this incident earlier this week."

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morgoth985 replied to swldxer | 2 years ago
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Not exactly an incentive to respect one's elders

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Rendel Harris replied to Lance ꜱtrongarm | 2 years ago
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Ah here comes Nigel again, this time without any evidence looking for excuses for a grown adult who attacked a child and has been charged for it, and throwing in an utterly irrelevant political dig as well. Utterly pathetic even by your abysmal standards.

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Sniffer replied to Rendel Harris | 2 years ago
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I have confidence that the Scottish legal system will come to the right conclusion with the facts.

Nigel is rarely interested in those. Just made up a excuse without any.

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Flintshire Boy replied to Rendel Harris | 2 years ago
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Whilst you, of course, never, EVER throw in utterly irrelevant political digs in your comments!

Hey Pot, meet Kettle.

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AlsoSomniloquism replied to Flintshire Boy | 2 years ago
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However, for someone who always moans when political points are made on this website, shouldn't YOU be having ago against Nige for doing that. Or is it just certain political points you moan about being brought up?

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Rendel Harris replied to Flintshire Boy | 2 years ago
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Flintshire Boy wrote:

Whilst you, of course, never, EVER throw in utterly irrelevant political digs in your comments!

Hey Pot, meet Kettle.

I am most certainly not averse to introducing political points into comments, given that many stories to do with cycling have a political dimension and many others have a political dimension introduced by idiots like Nigel, which I don't believe should go unchallenged. However, to try to support his entirely unevidenced and unjustified claim that there must be "more to" a story about a grown man attacking a child by saying that Nicola Sturgeon has "form on favouring villains over the law abiding" because she mistakenly tried out an electric scooter on a public footpath is truly pathetic.

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markieteeee replied to swldxer | 2 years ago
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Thanks for this.  And don't worry, no-one in their right mind would think you were claiming to have written the article - it was pretty clear you were being helpful in pasting the report for others. Let's hope the perpetrator of the attack gets an appropriate sentence. 

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Sriracha replied to Global Nomad | 2 years ago
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The slack reporting, with a distorted picture, starts from the off, with the reporter claiming insight into the man's motivation, thereby colouring the entire article. Dreadful reporting:
"Teenager assaulted because he was seen riding on the pavement."
"A teenager was assaulted by a man who was infuriated that he was cycling on the pavement".

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