Cyclist assaulted near Banbury town centre


A 21-year-old man was the victm of what is believed to be a racially motivated attack in Banbury on Saturday.

He was cycling along the pavement at about 5pm when he passed two men walking in the opposite direction in Gatteridge Street.

One of the men punched the cyclist in the face, causing injuries to his eye, arm and finger.

He was taken to hospital and released after treatment.

The offender is white, in his mid-twenties, 6ft 2ins, stocky build with blonde hair and a full beard. He was wearing a brown leather jacket, which has a collar, blue baggy jeans and white trainers. He also wore a gold chain.

He was with another man who is white, about 30-years-old, 5ft 4ins, skinny with light brown hair thinning on top and had facial stubble. He was round framed glasses and is missing one of his front teeth.

He was wearing black, baggy jeans, a white T-shirt which has a collar and white trainers with velcro fastening.

PC Ruth Ivins of Banbury Police Station, said: “This was an unprovoked attack on an innocent victim, and I am urging members of the public will come forward to help us identify the offender.

“Anyone with information can contact the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101 quoting occurence number 43150239085.”

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.