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Cyclist injured after object thrown into his face from passing car
Wednesday 7th November, 2012

A cyclist was knocked unconscious after being targeted by a passing car.

At about 11.30am on Monday 22 October 2012, a 41-year-old man was cycling along a dirt track between Bolton Road, Bickershaw and Landgate Lane, Bryn, when a silver Ford Focus drove past, narrowly missing him.

The driver did a handbrake turn and the cyclist gestured at the motorist due to his manner of driving.

A short time later the cyclist heard the car coming up behind him.

He pulled up at the side of the road and when the car drove past at speed he felt a blow to his face that caused him to lose consciousness.

When he came round he found his face covered in blood and went to a nearby farm where he summoned help.

It is thought he may have been hit with a brick or bottle.

He was taken to hospital for treatment to facial injuries that required internal and external stitches to his lip.

The car was a silver Ford Focus, possible a 02 or 03 plate. There were two people inside: both white and aged between 17 and 20. One had short dark hair and the other short light coloured hair.

Detective Constable Suzanne Rigby, said: “Someone in the car has quite possibly launched a brick or similar weapon at the victim from close range causing some very nasty facial injuries.

“Their actions, along with their driving, was reckless, dangerous and completely unprovoked.

“If anyone knows who is responsible, saw the car driving in the area that day or has any other information that may help, please contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7295, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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