A Sheffield cyclist was left cut and bruised after a gang of youths viciously attacked him on the commute home.
Brian Trevelyan, aged 54, was attacked by 15-20 yobs on the cycle home to Norton Lees at around 5.30pm on Monday
The health and Safety engineer at Hallam University was cycling along the Cutlers Way path, which runs from Argyle Road to Sheaf Bank.
As he approached the foot tunnel which runs under the railway near Dunnelm Mill, the cyclist heard ‘shouting and screaming’.
He said: “As I approached the tunnel, the other end was completely blocked by the gang.
“I asked them politely to move, but they forced me to stop.
“A bit further on, someone smacked me on the back, hard. Then someone kicked my bike and suddenly there were two of them stood directly in front of me, forcing me to stop again.
“I asked again, ‘can I come past?’ and they just screamed in my face. No words, just screaming, then one of them started kicking my bike really hard.”
At this point the youths started kicking the wheels in a bid to make them collapse, and Brian pleaded with them to stop.
Brian said: “The next thing I knew, one of the two lads punched me without warning, really hard below my right eye. He punched me so hard that he completely knocked me to the ground.
“They all then ran off to the other end of the tunnel. As I picked myself up I realised that they’d smashed my glasses.”
Brian managed to ride out of the tunnel at this point and contacted police.
He said: “I have experienced aggression from this particular gang, the ‘Top Corner Gang’, before. But never to this extent.
“I will never ride on this path ever again now – I’d rather chance the traffic on Chesterfield Road.”
Brian cuts and bruuises to his face and legs in the attack.
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “At around 5.30pm on Monday, it is reported that a 54-year-old man was cycling along a footpath near Dunelm Mill, through the tunnel near to Guernsey Road.
“While riding, he was reportedly surrounded by a group of between 15 and 20 youths who are believed to have knocked the man off his bike, before assaulting him.
“The man suffered facial injuries and cuts to his knee.
“Did you see the group in the Guernsey Road area of Heeley that evening? Did you witness the assault?”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.