Police appeal after estuary trail assault

PUBLISHED: 11:37 31 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:37 31 July 2013

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Police are appealing for information after an assault on the Exe Estuary Trail.

The incident occurred on Green Lane, Exton on July 27. Police say a motorist passing a group of cyclists on the road made contact with a bike when the wing mirror touched its handlebar, causing it to wobble and the cyclist to fall.

When the driver stopped and approached the cyclist to check on his welfare the cyclist assaulted the driver by grabbing his neck and making threats.

The suspect is a white male, 5ft !0ins tall, well built, with short dark hair with grey flecks wearing grey T shirt and shorts and riding a silver/grey bike. Police are asking any witnesses to call 101, quoting crime reference number KE/13/1718.

PCSO Donna Baker said: “Green Lane is part of the Exe Estuary Trail through Exton; this section is highway as far as the end of Station Road and as such highway code rules apply.

“The lane is narrow with no pavement, so all road users must take particular care and be considerate to one another.

“Cyclists should cycle in single file and be aware of other road users. Walkers also need to walk in single file and keep dogs securely on the lead. Motorists should be patient and only overtake when safe to do so.

“The Exe Estuary Trail is a fantastic resource and is very popular. Please remember this is a shared trail, used by walkers, cyclists, disabled people and importantly some sections are on the highway where motorists are also equal users.

“The success of the trail depends on the considerate and cooperative use of the trail. The police would appeal to all users to be considerate to one another and please be particularly careful when using the on-road sections.”

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