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Cyclist assaulted along canal path as stranger tries to steal bike

Newry Canal Path

A cyclist was travelling along the Newry Canal close to Poyntzpass when he was assaulted by a stranger.

Paul Jeffcutt was cycling along the canal, heading in the direction of Scarva, when a stranger tried to steal his bicycle.

The incident happened around 4.45pm on Saturday.

Posting an appeal on his Facebook Mr Jeffcutt explained: “I was cycling along the canal path heading to Scarva when a stranger who was walking towards me jumped sideways across the path to block me.

“I slowed down. He grabbed at my handlebars. I pushed him away. He punched me in the ribs exactly where I’d had a major operation 15 months ago.

“I cycled on, shouting at him. He waved his fists at me. I called 999 and reported the incident.”

Describing the assailant, Mr Jeffcutt added: “He is about 6 feet tall, medium build, grey curly hair, clean shaven, aged 50-60, and was wearing a dark blue thigh-length padded coat and grey trousers.”

Anyone with information which might help to identify him please report it to 101 and quote reference 981 of January 19.

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