Attacks on cyclists increase
POLICE say they are stepping up patrols on the Bristol and Bath Railway Path after a “number of incidents” of violence and anti-social behaviour.
One cyclist reported having a broken glass bottle thrown at him as he cycled past a group of youths outside Morrisons in Fishponds on Tuesday, September 18.
Two days later a woman was kicked off her bike in Easton, in an attempted robbery which was foiled by the arrival of another cyclist. On the same night a man was punched in the ribs as he attempted to cycle between members of a gang of youths on the path in Lawrence Hill.
All of the incidents happened at around 7pm, as it started to get dark. The path is used by thousands of pedestrians and cyclists, including many commuters travelling from Mangotsfield, Downend and Fishponds to the city centre.
Avon and Somerset police Inspector Justin French said: “This anti-social behaviour is completely unacceptable - the public should be able to feel safe and secure when using the path, day or night.
“We will be carrying out further high-visibility patrols along the path and we will be using dispersal notices to move anyone acting anti-socially away from the area.
“We’d also urge anyone who spots groups of young people being intimidating, anti-social or blocking the path to call 101 - or 999 if they fear a crime is being committed.
“If you have information about the incidents, or have any concerns you would like to raise with us, please call us and ask to speak to your local neighbourhood team.”
Calls can also be made to Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.