Man arrested over cycle path assaults

July 31 2019

POLICE have arrested a man after two women reported assaults on a cycle path at Mangotsfield.

Both incidents took place within half an hour of each other, on the stretch of path which links the Bristol and Bath Railway Path to Pomphrey Hill on the morning of July 21.
In the first, a man grabbed a woman’s waist as she was running on the path between the old Mangotsfield station and Rodway Hill at about 8.15am.
He ran off after she called for help from passing cyclists.
In the second, at about 8.40am, a man pushed a woman who was out walking her dog on the path. She had been asked for directions by the same man about 10 minutes earlier, near Pomphrey Hill.
Avon and Somerset police immediately linked the incidents and on July 23 announced that they had arrested a 32-year-old man in connection with both alleged assaults.
As the Voice went to print, the arrested man was being held in custody while further police enquiries were carried out.
Police patrols were being stepped up in the area. Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and quote the crime reference numbers 5219 166 474 or 5219 166 466.
The force also encouraged people to read its online advice at bit.ly/2Y1fxCM on safety and reporting harassment while out running or cycling as part of its #JogOn campaign.