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Helmet saves Edinburgh cyclist in ice attack

Police hunt two youths who dropped lump of ice on rider

An Edinburgh cyclist’s bike helmet saved him from serious injury or worse after two youths dropped a lump of ice on the rider as he cycled underneath a bridge.

The assault took place on Wednesday evening at around 6pm as the 37-year-old cyclist, who has not been named, rode beneath the Roseburn Bridge in the city’s Wester Coates district.

According to Lothian and Borders Police, the ice hit the bike rider on the head and also broke his front light. A spokesman quoted on the website of the Edinburgh Evening News said: "Fortunately the man was wearing a cycling helmet or his injuries could have been more serious.”

As it was, the cyclist suffered a sore head, neck and shoulders as well as dizziness, although he did not need hospital treatment, and police are keen to hunt down the two perpetrators, who were described as having local accents.

"We are eager to speak to anyone who was near the bridge and can help us identify the individuals responsible,” said the spokesman.

"Similarly, anyone with information that can assist with our enquiries is asked to contact police immediately."

Witnesses are asked to either contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131, or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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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