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Police in Bristol hunt cyclist who pushed another rider over railings by River Avon

Incident happened last Friday close to Clifton Suspension Bridge

Police in Bristol are hunting for a cyclist who pushed another bike rider over some railings and onto the embankment of the River Avon, close to the Clifton Suspension Bridge, last week.

The assault happened at around 4.40pm last Friday 26 February, on the Portway near the Bridge Valley Road traffic lights.

Avon & Somerset Police say that the victim, a man aged in his 20s, sustained minor injuries when the other cyclist pushed him over the railings.

They said that the suspect did not offer any help to the victim, and departed the scene shortly afterwards.

The victim managed to get back up to the pathway, and approached a member of the public for assistance.

The suspect is described as a white male in his late 20s, of skinny build and around 5ft 10ins in height, with a light brown beard and hair.

He was said to be wearing clear glasses, a black beanie hat, black Levi’s jeans, and grey work boots with a green stripe.

He was riding a light grey road bike with drop handlebars, and one of the pedals broken in half.

Officers say that they would like to trace the member of the public whom the victim approached, and to hear from anyone who may have seen the incident or hash dashcam footage.

They can be reached on 101, quoting reference number 5221041588, or alternatively, information can be given to the charity 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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Christopher TR1 | 3 years ago

Cyclist? Thug on a bike, more like.

Hirsute replied to Christopher TR1 | 3 years ago

Not a true Bristolian then.

brooksby | 3 years ago


one of the pedals broken in half.


Hirsute replied to brooksby | 3 years ago


One of the rubber bits come off I'd suggest.

Probably an angry squirrel

hawkinspeter replied to Hirsute | 3 years ago

It's not easy for them to fix seized pedals, so maybe just cut them a bit of slack

RoubaixCube | 3 years ago

Maybe it was the same guy who was jogging on London Bridge that shoved another pedestrian in front of a bus.... The police never caught the guy so maybe this is him except just on a bicycle this time.

hawkinspeter | 3 years ago

I'm just glad you were able to find a picture of Bristol featuring the suspension bridge.

contender replied to hawkinspeter | 3 years ago
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picture of the A4 portway, more to the point. that's the shared path and the railings to the right. Not a busy path at all, narrowest just when it goes past the "suicide tunnel" which is there to stop people jumping off the bridge (and climbers making a mess of Suspension Bridge Buttress) from ending up holding up traffic after their death. 

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