AN ELDERLY man is suffering from major injuries including a broken pelvis after he was attacked by a cyclist when out walking.

The 74-year-old was walking his dog on a narrow footpath at the end of Honeysuckle Lane in Worthing at about 5pm on Monday.

A cyclist sped down the lane on his bike and viciously attacked him.

The man was taken to Worthing Hospital by his family, where he is still being treated for major bruising to his face and left ribs and a fractured pelvis.

The pensioner told police he had spoken to the cyclist before the incident about his speed.

The cyclist, above in an image released by police, is white, 6ft 2in and about 40, of athletic build and was wearing a cycle helmet, light coloured clothing, blue wrap-around sunglasses, and black fingerless gloves. He was on a mountain bike with wide tyres.

Investigator Lucy Hailes said: “This was a nasty incident which has left the victim with serious injuries.

“Enquiries are continuing and anyone who saw what happened or who can help us to identify the cyclist is asked to contact us online or by calling 101, quoting serial 490 of 18/06.

“We are particularly keen to trace all the local people who helped the victim immediately after the attack, and who may have vital information even without realising it.”