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York police trace angry cyclist

York police trace angry cyclist

3:54pm 6th July 2010

Police in York are seeking witnesses following an assault which occurred in the city on Tuesday 22 June 2010.

The assault happened at approximately 8.15am as the 16-year-old victim was walking along Beckfield Lane heading towards Manor School with a friend.

As the path was blocked by a car the two boys had to step into the road.

As they did so a passing cyclist shouted at them to get out of his way.

The two boys moved aside but the cyclist then hit the 16-year-old before punching him in the face.

The cyclist then continued in the direction of Boroughbridge Road.

As a result of the assault the boy received bruising and swelling to the left hand side of his face.

PC Cheryl Hunter, of the York Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: "This was a wholly unprovoked attack which followed the boys trying to get out the cyclist's way. Although the injuries were thankfully not too severe, the assault has left the boy very shaken. Especially as he has seen the man who assaulted him, in the area, since the attack."

The assailant is described as being a white man in his mid 50's, who is slim and very tall with grey hair and has a very tanned complexion. At the time of the incident he was wearing a black cycle helmet and a yellow strap across his chest.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or knows the identity of the man who carried out the assault is asked to contact PC Cheryl Hunter, of York's Safer Neighbourhood Team, on 0845 60 60 24 7 quoting reference number 12100104304. Alternatively they can contact the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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