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Witness appeal after cyclist assaults man who was on bike ride with daughter

Victim was verbally abused then punched in face on Ridgeway Trail last Monday, say Dorset Police

Police in Dorset have launched a witness appeal after a man who was cycling with his 9-year-old daughter was punched in the face by another bike rider in Weymouth last Monday 4 August.

The incident occurred on a cycle path on the Ridgeway Trail at around 12.30pm and left the 44-year-old man from Weymouth with cuts to the inside of his mouth, marks on his face and an injured thumb.

Police say that the assailant, described as white, in his late forties, around 6 feet tall and dressed in a cream-coloured t-shirt, verbally abused the victim prior to assaulting him.

He then got back on his bike and rode off towards the Littlemoor roundabout.

Police Constable Daniel Kitton from Weymouth police said: “This incident left the victim very shocked.

“As it took place in broad daylight there may have been people around who saw what happened.

“I am appealing for anyone who saw the incident or who saw a man cycling near the brow of the Ridgeway, around 12.30pm on Monday 4 August 2014, to come forward.”

Anyone who saw the incident or has information about it is requested to contact Dorset Police on 101 quoting incident number 4:171, or the charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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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