Cyclist injured in robbery on Bristol and Bath Railway Path

September 08 2020
Cyclist injured in robbery on Bristol and Bath Railway Path

A CYCLIST suffered a broken jaw and collar bone when he was knocked off his bike and robbed by a group of youths on the Bristol and Bath Railway Path.

Police have today issued a picture of the type of bike stolen in the incident, which happened on August 8, along with a description of one of the robbers.

It was the second robbery on the path between Fishponds and the city centre in the space of three weeks.

The 49-year-old cyclist was punched by one of a group of youths at the Chelsea Park junction in Easton at about 8.10pm, losing consciousness and coming round to find his bike stolen.

He needed stitches to gashes in his tongue and lower lip, as well as injuring his teeth and gums.

A Lapierre Sensium 400 bike with white, black and gold frame was stolen during the robbery, along with a Garmin Edge 800 bike computer.

Detail of the stolen bike's frame design

Avon and Somerset police say the robber who attacked ther cyclist was black, aged 17-18, about 6ft 3in tall and had short hair. He spoke with a Bristol accent.

Anyone with information about the incident or who thinks they have seen the stolen bike should call the police on 101 and quote crime reference number 5220 178 452.

Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

The incident followed a mugging on July 21, when a man in his 20s had his bike and wallet taken after being threatened with violence as he cycled through Clay Bottom at about 5.45pm.

Accounts of several incidents on the path have appeared on social media over the past month, including broken glass being left on the path at Thicket Road, Fishponds on August 20 and people dragging branches on the path at the old Mangotsfield Station on August 13 and 15, with one cyclist later knocked off his bike.

Avon and Somerset police are calling on people to report all incidents of crime or anti-social behaviour on the path to them.

A spokesperson said having reports of all incidents helped neighbourhood officers to plan patrols on the path to target places and times when crimes are happening.