This article was published on November 12th, 2012
A cyclist from Manchester was knocked unconscious after what is thought to be either a brick or a bottle was thrown at him from a passing car.
The 41-year-old was riding down a dirt track between Bolton Road and Bickershaw when a silver Ford Focus drove past, narrowly missing him.
The driver then pulled to a sudden stop using his handbrake and the cyclist made a gesture due to his bad driving.
A few moments later the cyclist heard the car coming up behind him so pulled to the side of the road.
He then felt a blow to the face which caused him to lose consciousness.
When he came to his senses he found that his face was covered in blood. He went to a nearby farm to seek for help. It was thought he was either hit by a bottle or a brick.
The victim was taken to hospital where he was treated for facial injuries that required internal and external stitches.
Police are now appealing to witnesses of the incident to come forward and help them with their investigation.
A spokesperson for the Police 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”
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