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Witness appeal as cyclist pushes another rider off bike

Incident happened near Shaftesbury, Dorset last month

Police in Dorset have launched an appeal for witnesses after a cyclist overtaking two other riders reportedly pushed one of them with his shoulder, sending him crashing to the ground.

The incident, which police are describing as an assault, happened at around 11.30 am on Dover Road in Stour Row near Shaftesbury on Sunday 21 February.

The victim, a man aged 49, sustained a back injury and police say that while the rider who had crashed into him did stop to offer his contact details, he was told to move on.

Police Constable Simon Rogers, of North Dorset police, said: “I am appealing for the cyclist to come forward so I can find out what exactly happened.

“I would also like to hear from anyone who has information about the cyclist involved.”

Anyone who saw the incident or has information is asked to contact Dorset Police on 101 quoting incident number 21:165 or the charity Crimestoppers 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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