Man suffers head and shoulder injuries after attack on cycle track by the A23 near Gatwick

Police are appealing for information following the attack

Police are appealing for information following the attack

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AN Irishman was assaulted on a cycle track as he walked to the airport to catch a flight home.

The 52-year-old man was attacked on the cycle track by the A23, near Gatwick.

He suffered head and shoulder injuries from being struck with an object from behind, facial injuries from being punched and bruising from being kicked on the ground.

The victim is a contractor working near the airport and was flying home to see his family.

A cyclist was seen to pass the victim just after the attack, travelling towards Gatwick's south terminal just before the cycle track passes under the terminal.

PC Steve Cranswick said: “This appears to be a random and unprovoked attack on an innocent man on his way home to see his family.

“I would urge anyone who has information, especially the cyclist who may have seen the attacker, to contact us as a matter of urgency.”

Anyone with information about the attack, which took place between 8.15pm and 9.30pm on Saturday, July 19, can call 101 quoting serial 113 of 20/07, email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111

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4:50pm Tue 22 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

How can it be deemed 'unprovoked'??

It is quite clear that the pedestrian had done something to upset that cyclist, possibly relating to the man walking along a cycle lane.
How can it be deemed 'unprovoked'?? It is quite clear that the pedestrian had done something to upset that cyclist, possibly relating to the man walking along a cycle lane. stevo!!
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5:11pm Tue 22 Jul 14

chrismilo says...

Poor cyclist my heart bleeds for him NOT Who did he upset ?
Poor cyclist my heart bleeds for him NOT Who did he upset ? chrismilo
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11:49pm Tue 22 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

I'm sick of the police investigating incidents where the person who came off worst in a dust up claims they did nothing to provoke it.

We had that bloke leaving the Rod Stewart concert who was attacked by a guy driving past 'for no reason'.

We had the bus driver attacked by a cyclist 'for no reason'.

And now we have this contractor being struck several times by someone on a bicycle 'for no reason'. The fact is that he was struck from behind, reacted, and took on more than he could handle.

These people should stop wasting police time by claiming they had nothing to do with what happened to them.
I'm sick of the police investigating incidents where the person who came off worst in a dust up claims they did nothing to provoke it. We had that bloke leaving the Rod Stewart concert who was attacked by a guy driving past 'for no reason'. We had the bus driver attacked by a cyclist 'for no reason'. And now we have this contractor being struck several times by someone on a bicycle 'for no reason'. The fact is that he was struck from behind, reacted, and took on more than he could handle. These people should stop wasting police time by claiming they had nothing to do with what happened to them. stevo!!
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