Police Searching for Mountain Biker In Connection to Assault On Woman in Her 60s in Devon, England

Jul 29, 2022 at 11:27
by Alicia Leggett  
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Police are looking for help identifying this man in connection to the assault.

Police have urged members of the public to come forward with any information relating to the assault of a 60-year-old woman in Haccombe, near Newton Abbot, England.

A statement published yesterday to the Devon & Cornwall Police website and Facebook page said that the victim fell to the ground and seriously injured her shoulder after the perpetrator kicked her. The victim was walking her dogs April 29 at roughly 5:45 p.m. Although the incident happened months ago, police are now asking for the public's help in identifying the man pictured above, as they believe he is connected to the crime.

bigquotesPolice would like to identify the man pictured in connection to an assault which happened on Haccombe path in Newton Abbot on Friday 29 April at around 5.45pm.

The victim, a woman in her 60s, was walking her dogs on a footpath in Haccombe, when she was kicked by an unknown man following an altercation. This caused her to fall to the ground and suffer a serious injury to her shoulder.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via our website here or by calling 101 quoting CR/36585/22.
Devon & Cornwall Police

At least three people commented on the Facebook post to say they've experienced altercations with the same man, including verbal abuse and multiple instances of him kicking dogs, if the man pictured is the same person. It's worth mentioning that the police have not specified that the man pictured is the suspect, only that he is sought in connection to the crime.

It goes without saying that we condemn the abhorrent behaviour alleged here, and encourage anyone with information to contact the police department. Note that we do not allow posting any identifying details in the Pinkbike comments, and any comments that suggest doxxing this person will be deleted.

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  • 278 3
 He should be arrested for those shorts.
  • 90 0
 Looks like a titanium hardtail, possibly magura forks. This is the information I need to recognize anyone.
  • 59 2
 assault wasn't the only crime that was committed
  • 90 0
 Mtb without socks=immediate red flag.
  • 58 4
 You’re looking for a single white male because no partner would let their other go out in those. I can hear them crying from across the pond.

And red grips with blue shorts and a green helmet? Did he hire Stevie Wonders as his stylist?
  • 34 1
 @the00: And bar ends. He’s gotta be the only one with that combo still
  • 7 2
 @usedbikestuff: if you zoom in it actually looks like he has some kind of gravel bar attachments
  • 11 1
 Spot on. I was focusing on the ankle socks, though. Both unforgiveable.
  • 16 2
 He's not a mountainbiker. No mountainbiker would wear that getup.
  • 106 1
 @usedbikestuff: This is a walking advertisement for the consequences of acquiring your bike and all your kit by going to chain reaction and only purchasing items that are 70% off.
  • 16 15
 Looks like a typical road biker body
  • 3 1
 I think you can pile on at least one extra charge for the matching helmet strap.
  • 12 2
 @KK11: how do you figure? He's fat.
  • 7 1
 Bar ends...seriously...what is wrong with this guy Smile
  • 8 2
 @p-nuts5: 2 types of roadies, fast ones and these guys. It's easily 25% cyclists and 75% cafe addicts/riding to a mistress in Sydney.
  • 6 2
 @Mtmw: underrated comment! lol
  • 3 2
 This is gold. didn't go for a ride today as it is pissing down, feeling glum. Then This, thanks everyone
  • 4 5
 @jrocksdh: E-biker
  • 8 0
 That's not a getup, that's mental illness!
  • 12 2
 Notice how there is one guy who has taken personal offense to every wisecrack on this thread? @alicialeggett , please forward that downvoter's full profile info to the authorities, we've found our perp!
  • 3 1
 @Mtmw: with the a
Impression you’re a size smaller now that you started cycling
  • 12 13
 How can they say it’s a man?
What is a man?
Can you please define man for me?
  • 8 8
 Disappointed in A) that some asshat on the trail commits multiple assaults (allegedly) and B) everyone was quicker with the fashion faux-pas' that should identify the perpetrator than I was. Had them all, except...

I take exception to the "bar end" thing. I know those got into this picture thanks to a Delorean, but I run the Ergon GP3 grip with the medium/small "alternate" bar end position and I really like them.

In case this is too light-hearted a comment, I believe this clown needs to get caught and the victims dogs be allowed the opportunity to present a "strongly worded letter" describing how his actions affected them. That or he strap on the blades to play hockey with us next Friday. I'll send the highlights to the victims and their trail pals.

#quotepersonofinterestunquote
  • 1 0
 @usedbikestuff:
Yup. He has got to be one of a kind running those dinosaurs.
  • 14 0
 Came for the Lopes got fat comments...left disappointed.
  • 5 0
 @ol-sidewinder: recently I took my wife up to Whistler to ride the park for her first time. She grabbed ankle socks to pack for the trip. I had to delicately make up a BS story about how longer socks protect your shins better from debris. Somehow I stuck the landing because she bought it.
  • 1 0
 @p-nuts5: no kidding
  • 2 0
 @usedbikestuff I wonder if Stevie Wonder wonders who Stevie Wonders is...
  • 71 2
 Finally it’s not Merica!!!
  • 99 8
 Sure looks American from that angle!
  • 102 14
 if it was America he shooted the old woman, not kicked
  • 79 7
 @blacktea: we deserved that.
  • 21 0
 @unrooted: the english are like 2 fry ups from being identical to the average american in that regard.....nearly indistinguisable
  • 12 0
 @conoat: to be fair that's my first and second breakfast plans for tomorrow : /
  • 2 1
 @ol-sidewinder: You are correct.
  • 6 0
 @conoat: I need to know more about this "fry up". it sounds delicious
  • 8 5
 @blacktea: In Britain he'd just stab her or throw acid on her.
  • 3 6
 @conoat: the rate of obesity in the UK is 62% and the rate is 42% in the USA
  • 6 1
 @Mntneer: the rate of obesity is f##ked up in both countries. Who cares who is marginal less f##ked?
  • 1 0
 That's awesome thank you, cracked me up.
  • 3 11
flag scary1 (Jul 29, 2022 at 19:59) (Below Threshold)
 @blacktea: if it was America, we’d have pit bulls and they wouldn’t have been kicked..
  • 7 0
 @Mntneer: alternative facts? 86.6% of statistics are made up on the spot. As I believe this one is
  • 6 0
 @Mntneer: for UK this number is overweight + obese.. USA number is just for obese.. so, dont worry, when you combine both, USA number 1 !!!!
  • 2 0
 @muumuu: Don't. It is gross. Like a time machine to the times when people ate shite
  • 4 1
 @karatechris: over 30% in NZ mate. Check your own back yard, before you check out someone else’s
  • 8 4
 @Mntneer: that's American obesity tho.. where drumpf is the healthliest ever.. the bestliest shape he's SO healthy, his doctor says so.......
  • 1 0
 @blacktea: we’ve got enough problem on our own soil to point fingers at anybody else, my fellow countryman.
  • 1 0
 @lev3000: I'm British but moved to NZ 5 years ago. But be my guest, add NZ to the list of countries with a f##ked obesity rate.
  • 93 28
 FFS, police haven't even spoken to this guy to determine his side of the story. Calling it an assault based on only the person who was hurt's testimony is pretty freakin' weak. Which of Newton's laws says every action has an equal and opposite reaction? Maybe this lady tried to push him off his bike but only managed to push herself back, trip and fall over. I'm not saying this is what happened, but its not impossible.

IMO, this is a pretty weak attempt at policing, let alone journalism... The fact three other people have complained about the same guy is irrelevant... there could easily be a local dispute between dog-walkers and riders that we're not aware of, and they're seizing on the opportunity to create momentum...
  • 33 27
 I mean...an assault happened, that's a fact and I'm not sure you can question that (unless you are arguing the lady wasn't injured). That said, while there was an assault, no one has been CHARGED with assault, there is a big difference. There is a person of interest and they are trying to track him down. Whether or not he'll be charged with assault for what happens depends on the outcome of the investigation. If he is charged with assault, there are defenses he could raise...such as self defense, if warranted. ...though there are no defenses for the fashion choices in that picture
  • 40 8
 @SATN-XC: It is not a fact as it is one persons version of a story that took place months ago without any other witness testimony. Are you saying there is no way the "Lady" could be embellishing the story? Do you believe every thing you read on the ole interwebs? If so you are a part of the problem....
  • 47 13
 "FFS, police haven't even spoken to this guy to determine his side of the story."

You sir have a frighteningly good grasp of the obvious.

Title reads: Police Searching for Mountain Biker...

If they are searching for him, FFS they have not spoken to him to get his side of the story. Well done. We couldn't have put that together without you.
  • 21 8
 People are just so accustomed to accepting poor pet behaviour and ownership: see the numerous posts recommending treating these "trained" animals as you would with horses, when no such caution is required by law. For all we know the dog could have assaulted the rider on the lady's behalf, and this gets muddier if the dog was offleash in an area it was not supposed to be...
  • 15 0
 Would be interesting to hear the rider's side of the story. The fact the walker had multiple dogs as well as the known issue of "walkers" and bikers sharing multi use paths in the UK raise many questions.
  • 32 0
 @SATN-XC: if you knew how many anti bike karens we have here you might "question" her side of things.
  • 6 8
 How would you progress this alleged crime if not by arresting?

How exactly would you suggest police speak to him to “get his side of the story”?

“The fact that 3 other people have complained about the same guy is irrelevant”. No it’s not, Evidence of one witness in a series of two or more separate offences capable of providing corroboration for the evidence of a witness in another case.
  • 3 6
 @SATN-XC: possibly the only intelligent thing I've read in Pinkbike comments for months.
  • 3 1
 @klunkykona: for real. Idk about y'all, but I've never been accused of kicking people or their dogs. It would be pretty unusual for that to happen to someone who doesn't do those things.
  • 4 1
 @gramboh: I'm shocked they call that a footpath. That looks borderline a rock garden if you were bombing down the trail. We call paved or concrete paths footpaths, that would be a trail or track.
  • 7 2
 @Richridesmtb: Dude, if you call that a rock garden you need some different trails in your life.
  • 9 1
 If they haven't identified the dude then how can anyone assume that the same dude assaulted 3 other ppl. And why are we judging the guys clothing and bar ends? Maybe his long ' I love craft beer' socks were taken by his dog 2 minutes before his ride ( speaking from experience) and his only options were to not ride or wear his daughters PE socks (speaking from experience again). Now if he beat up a person for no good reason ( regardless of age/gender) that is wrong. But maybe this women was taunting him and calling him a sockless bar end bellend and then set her pug on him. He would be a total roadie if he didn't retaliate...
  • 10 0
 @singletrackjamaica: sources have said that the lady in question called him a “no kit wanker,” but what pushed him over the edge was her remark about him having “hideous gear, no idea.”
  • 2 0
 @WildboiBen: did you have your granma assaulted by a mountain biker? Does that happen casually to you?
  • 1 1
 @Richridesmtb: in the England 'footpaths' are off road trails of all different types. Can be rocky and go up mountains or grassy across fields.

They are designated walking paths hence footpaths and you shouldnt be riding bikes on them technically though loads of people do as they can be really fun.
  • 8 1
 @waxed: I had a ‘Karen’ tell me to get off my bike because it wasn’t allowed. I couldn’t stop pissing myself laughing, which she thought was ‘so rude’. I eventually managed to point out the sign she was stood in front of clearly had a bike and an arrow. She wasn’t happy about that either and told me she would report me to the police for being threatening and that I shouldn’t come back…
  • 1 0
 @pen9-wy: Many ‘dirt paths’ aren’t designated footpaths. It gets a bit ‘grey’ when you have 2 different users using a ‘dirt path’ as neither have right of way, even if the ‘dirt path’ was cleared and cut by riders with berms that are too steep to walk around safely…
  • 1 9
flag danlovesbikes (Jul 30, 2022 at 2:58) (Below Threshold)
 If a person has been assaulted then it's OK for the police to call it an assault. Not sure if you're victim blaming or just a little bit stupid, possibly both. If a woman has been injured and is probably very shaken up, and has a photo of a guy leaving the scene, it's quite possible that she's telling the truth. But it's alleged he did it until they gather enough evidence for the CPS to prosecute a case. It's just law and stuff, very boring to a 'judge early and often' person like you.
  • 6 0
 @danlovesbikes: “if a person has been assaulted” implies that the fact of an assault has been confirmed, which from the information give it hasnt been..
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flag danlovesbikes (Jul 30, 2022 at 3:17) (Below Threshold)
 @GZMS: 'Police have urged members of the public to come forward with any information relating to the assault of a 60-year-old woman in Haccombe, near Newton Abbot, England'.

The assault is not in question, you're victim blaming whether you know it or not. What is alleged is whether or not the man in the picture did it. Here injuries are obviously consistent with the types of assault the police would typically launch an investigation over. You my friend are part of the problem. You might think you're being open minded but you're actually denying that the woman has been assaulted. Next you'll be saying 'maybe her dogs scared the rider and he acted in self defence'. Or other such bollocks.
  • 5 1
 @danlovesbikes: the assault is not in question because police said so? It doesnt work like that. It is law and stuff, something you dont get to understand, it seems. The fact they launched an investigation tells nothing if assault happenned or not, only tells that it possibly has happenned.
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flag danlovesbikes (Jul 30, 2022 at 4:37) (Below Threshold)
 @GZMS: Ah, I see what I'm dealing with now. You're an alternative facts person, a Trump supporter no doubt. I suppose the earth is flat and contrails are full of mind altering chemicals? Mate, if the cops believe an assault has taken place it is highly probably it did. Not necessarily 100%, because of people like Amber Heard etc, but generally if the cops see evidence of assault and are actively searching for a suspect, then that kinda means they are satisfied that an assault took place. Again, I don't think you realise this, but you are actually denying that this person was assaulted, which is a form of victim blaming. If you don't believe anything the police tell you then perhaps you might be a touch paranoid?
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flag danlovesbikes (Jul 30, 2022 at 4:41) (Below Threshold)
 @GZMS: also, I am going to stop wrestling a pig now. Because I'm just getting dirty and the pig likes it.

I know you're a wee bit light on brain apparatus, so to be clear, you're the pig in this scenario.

Enjoy your life you unenlightened, Luddite, fascist nincompoop.
  • 4 7
 @SATN-XC: they haven't caught him yet f*ck-stick. Of course they haven't charged him. Dear God, the comments section really is quite depressing. I need to log out. Reading things people like you write lowers my intelligence.
  • 4 0
 @Eland: they are in most cases. They dont have to be sign posted to be a footpath rather than a bridleway.
They are possibly permissive paths but theres no such thing as a non designated 'dirt'path even if thats what you think they are . Check the Ordnance Survey map for your area.

I'm not being arsey just helping that guy. I ride them all the time.

Thing is there's no criminal law for trespassing in the UK (its unlawful rather than illegal) so if you were on a footpath on a bike it would take the landowner to take you to court privately and then to prove to the court you were causing willful damage to the property.
At their expense.
It's useful for UK mtbers to know this.

Also there is absolutely nothing wrong or unlawful with pushing your bike along a footpath. So dont let Nimbys have a go at you about that either.
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flag danlovesbikes (Jul 30, 2022 at 4:48) (Below Threshold)
 @SATN-XC: hi.. please ignore that reply to you... I replied to the wrong person... I'll get my coat..
  • 1 1
 Slyfink might be the guy we're looking for
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 @danlovesbikes: ah i see, you are the person who changes definitions when they see they are wrong.. from “assault not in question” , to “it probably did, but not 100%” real quick.. are you a Biden fanboy?
and tell me, where did i deny that this person has been assaulted? Do you understand the difference between “proven to be true” , “not proven to be true” and “proven to not be true”? Or is it only enough place in your head for 2 of these possibilities?
  • 4 0
 @danlovesbikes: What do you mean “because of Amber Heard“? Are you implying that she wasn’t a surviver of brutal domestic abuse and then the victim of kangaroo court? You think that women lie about things like this? Are you misogynist fan of alternative facts, flat earther, antivaxxer and supporter of Trump&Putin?
Shame on you!!!
  • 1 0
 @mi-bike: I should have made it clearer that I was joking. Should have said closer to a rock garden than what we call a footpath.
  • 2 0
 Yeah.... some 50+ y/o women act invincible and have assaulted me twice in my life. I'll wait for more info before jumping to any conclusions.
  • 1 0
 @mi-bike: I took a few photos today of the trails 5 mins ride from my house. We've got rock gardens covered around here...
m.pinkbike.com/photo/23106375

m.pinkbike.com/photo/23106374
Top and bottom view of a little section.


m.pinkbike.com/photo/23106373

There are two trails in that last pic.
  • 1 0
 @Richridesmtb: dude, that’s more like pebbles , i ride it on a gravel bike
  • 85 24
 I'm withholding judgment. I've had a ton of dogs that were off leash or on long leashes lunge at me, chase me, and attack me. A swift kick may be an appropriate response. We don't know the full story.
  • 40 8
 In my experience you need to treat the off lease dogs like you would a horse....expect them to get spooked. I always slow to a stop and wait a second to see how they react to the bike. If they are spooked (aggressive) wait till the owner has them before moving and keep the bike between you and the dog.
That said....only dogs that have actually "attacked" me on my bike are Pugs...its always a Pug, little shits, lol
  • 42 5
 There's a difference between giving an aggressive dog a kick in self-defence so you can escape and knocking an elderly lady to the ground seriously injuring her...
  • 9 31
flag sonuvagun (Jul 29, 2022 at 12:41) (Below Threshold)
 @SATN-XC: Pugs are awesome!
  • 24 12
 @korev: No there isn't. You have to assert dominance over the owner and/or incapacitate him/her so the dog stays by their side and leaves you alone.
  • 6 3
 @korev: I'm always gonna slow down for animals and possibly stop if I sense that they're alarmed or protective. For people, I try to get hikers to move to the side of the trail cuz it's easier for them, but if they don't i'll slowly slide by them and possibly give them a hearty sarcastic sigh lol
  • 46 1
 @sonuvagun: exactly why I always carry at least two M84 flashbang grenades with me for multi-use rides. Can't risk letting trail conflicts get out of control
  • 17 1
 @anaughtymouse: you probably shouldn’t leave the house without them. Never know when you encounter a living being in need of severe disorientation
  • 14 45
flag savmeister (Jul 29, 2022 at 13:23) (Below Threshold)
 Would be the last thing you ever did if you kicked my dog
  • 21 1
 Hey police we got a sus guy here on pinkbike ps don't kick his dog he mad
  • 5 35
flag Chondog94 FL (Jul 29, 2022 at 13:37) (Below Threshold)
 Depends on the dog. Best to avoid interaction whenever possible. My pit bull would catch your foot, tear it off, then continue up the leg. Probably best to stop, let the dog go by then move on. Stopping isn’t fun. But feet are.
  • 20 1
 @SATN-XC: I’m on Strava, I’m not slowing down for a stupid dog, lady or children on my path!
  • 3 0
 @anaughtymouse: This is the kind of proactive thinking that leads us all to a better tomorrow!
  • 3 1
 @anaughtymouse: it's been a while since I sorted tea out of my nose laughing at a pinkbike comment, bravo
  • 1 0
 *snorted! Ugghh can't type, nose hurts
  • 2 1
 If a dog is lunging at you, you don't kick the owner, you defend yourself from the dog.
  • 22 0
 @SATN-XC:
The problem with pugs on the trail is you can't tell yet they're walking towards you or away from you.
  • 1 15
flag scary1 (Jul 29, 2022 at 20:06) (Below Threshold)
 @sonuvagun: what 3rd world shit hole did you grow up in?
The list of dogs that would rip your face off for trying that is substantial
  • 5 0
 @scary1: You and at least 8 others took that too seriously.
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 @SATN-XC: except it is illegal to have dogs not on a leash where i live… but during certain after work hours i might meet about 10 dogs just running around with no owner in sight sometimes, so kicking them in the teeth feels very justified, even if they are no threat, because their owners gotta learn that it is not their personal forest..
  • 8 4
 @GZMS: kick the dog to teach the owner a lesson?? That makes zero sense.
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flag GZMS (Jul 30, 2022 at 0:15) (Below Threshold)
 @Tambo: so you’re saying the owners dont care if their dog gets kicked? Or do you think they would not understand that the reason it happenned is because they let their dog to run around with no control? Most are not stupid, just illmannered, uneducated, individualistic aholes, because their parents never taught them social norms
  • 5 4
 @GZMS: no, that's not what I'm saying. I'm saying don't kick the dog; it's not their fault.
  • 4 5
 @sonuvagun: Pugs are f*cking best! For men who are confident and do not need a big dog or a big car/pick up to be man themselves up
  • 2 2
 @JiminOz: and that's what we love them for, lol
  • 8 3
 @GZMS: I could kick you in your teeth.
You seem like a dog without a leash to me!
  • 4 4
 @gooral: Agreed! And, it's scientifically impossible to be in a sour mood while in the company of a peppy lil pug.
  • 7 2
 Who took this picture? A 60yo woman who was just kicked to the ground with an injured shoulder?
  • 4 1
 @pinkbike how come this “article” is in the category “Industry news? Dont’t say you don’t have category “Click baiting trolling spam news”?
  • 4 0
 @drib: I see why they published it (someone might be able to identify him), but god knows why they opened the comments and then kept them open
  • 1 3
 @sonuvagun: yeah..well …I have six dogs… I may be biased
  • 2 4
 you don't kick a person for what their dogs do you turnip
  • 2 0
 @radiohedwig: Do you think you're contradicting me or something? You're not.
  • 1 0
 @scary1: Biased isn't the word I'd have used, but all of us have such moments Big Grin
  • 54 0
 And bar ends, to boot
  • 50 0
 That was the first thing I saw. Maybe they’ll catch him if they start looking in the year 1997.
  • 6 1
 It's possible he was on the run for these and she tried a citizen's arrest.
  • 1 0
 Grape smuggler
  • 31 1
 I've heard angry hikers make up all kind nonsense, no-one knows the full story here. Innocent until proven guilty should apply. But seems like the author of this article knows everything already. After all the subtitle to this article is "disgusting behavior"...
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flag danlovesbikes (Jul 30, 2022 at 3:00) (Below Threshold)
 So she made up being assaulted? And hit herself no doubt to reinforce the case? You're a f*cking moron.
  • 10 1
 @danlovesbikes: If you can't keep it civil here, how about you leave? Some mods here to mop this child up? There's no evidence presented in this article. No proof she was kicked, no detail to what injuries she sustained. I'm not saying that I am sure it did not happen, im saying the article is poor journalism judging by the tone it is written in. A public call for help in a police case should be neutral and objective in tone, not being subtitled as "disgusting behavior". It is written in a manner that already condemns the man in the picture.
  • 4 0
 @danlovesbikes: What is wrong with you???
  • 1 3
 @Fuzzer: Confusing, you're calling me a child whilst asking for me to be removed because you don't like what I'm writing? Don't read it retard.
  • 1 1
 @Chuckolicious: I think I'm unwell, might need a lie down.
  • 1 0
 @danlovesbikes: Confusing... you did come out of the woodwork and directly insult him first. And he's got a point, innocent until proven guilty. But the article sure paints the guy as the villain.
  • 1 0
 @danlovesbikes: No worries, happens to the best of us! Smile
  • 23 3
 Baggy lycra, bar ends, 3 x 9 drive train, no knee pads, what an absolute "see you next Tuesday"
  • 4 0
 Should I be offended when I go for a pizza/beer/ride every Tuesday?
  • 16 0
 @SleepingAwake: No. Own it. Be proud. Especially if you do them in that order.
  • 2 0
 @patwoods: .....I was gonna say
  • 2 0
 @patwoods: legends do it in that order
  • 20 1
 Seems the type who'd be an active poster on Singletrackworld forum.
  • 10 0
 Moderator, no doubt.
  • 18 1
 Three months ago? Cops eh
  • 12 0
 Lmao, I’m sure we’ll never know the real story, but I’ve seen so many of these kinds of allegations turn out to be completely false representations of what happened.

Some muppet literally jumped in front of me when I was coming down a popular unsanctioned dh trail near me and was telling people I deliberately ran into them. We didn’t even collide. You can’t help these retards.

Ofc I am not saying this is inherently false, but let an investigation run its course before jumping to conclusions ffs

Also…I dgaf about kicking people, but dogs?!!!? Come on dude.
  • 3 0
 Was it Kermit? He looks like the type to jump out of the bushes into the path of an oncoming bike.
  • 3 0
 @o-dubhshlaine: it took me a second to realize why you brought Kermit into this lol
  • 12 0
 I had an entitled Karen about that age take offense to my respectful use of a multi use single track easement trail in a posh canyon near Brentwood CA. I politely came to a stop off the side of said trail, and invited her and her little sketchy mutts to pass. She decided to give me a condescending lecture instead. Then she really came unglued when I pointed out in a forthright manner that I had as much right to be there as she did, and that unlike her and her horse riding neighbors, my bike did not leave stinking piles of crap on the trail. Upon my suggesting that she quit running her rancid mouth and just move along, she faked a panic/fear response like a bad actor, in an attempt to get one of her dogs to attack me. It did, and required a swift kick to ward off. Entirely unnecessary manufactured drama by one unhinged old entitled and clearly insane broom rider. I'd have to hear our fat poorly kitted suspects side of the story before rushing to judgement on this one. Cheers.
  • 15 1
 Blooooooody southerners
  • 14 0
 Bloody northerners...

(I'm Cornish)
  • 3 0
 Oh Bloody Hell
  • 4 0
 @korev: Username checks out!
  • 3 0
 @korev: and also a lager
  • 2 0
 @Danmcdan: If I'd have realised I'd have chosen a different name... I'm more of a Skinner's man myself Smile
  • 2 0
 @korev: Betty stoggs?
  • 27 3
 I like how you guys pretend your country is big enough to have regions
  • 2 0
 @lewiscraik: literally thought that when I saw it, nice one
  • 2 0
 @DizzyNinja: cute huh
  • 21 0
 @DizzyNinja: Hey, it's not the size of the region that's important, but how much distain you have for the next town over. @korev and I might disagree bitterly on how you put jam and cream on a scone, or if the bloody tourists that clog our roads are Grockles or Emmets, but we both agree anything above Taunton Deane services can be referred to as the "far north"
  • 3 1
 @DizzyNinja: Underrated comment. Mercator projection is your friend!
  • 9 0
 @DizzyNinja: Yet I challenge you decipher what is being said in any of the following accents:

*Geordie
*Scouse
*Brummie
*Cockney
*West Country
  • 3 0
 @DizzyNinja: at least we did not steal it.... hold on a moment....
  • 1 0
 @ROOTminus1: 100% true
  • 13 4
 Untrained dog owners can be a problem and have a habit of leaving obstructions with the intent of injuring/damaging/unmounting cyclists. That being said, kicking dogs and hitting/shoving old ladies is never acceptable.
  • 18 0
 A Malinois chased me down when I was on my bike one day. I kicked it in the snout when it caught up to me. It yelped and left me alone. Tell me why that was not acceptable.
  • 10 0
 Growing up in the Uk and dealing with idiot entitled dog walkers all the time when riding, this 60 year old Karen probably got all she deserved
  • 11 2
 Low-sock activities. He's banned from the Asada for life. Probably drives an Altima.
  • 3 0
 A skante warrior no doubt
  • 2 1
 @unrooted: FGW causes AIDS
  • 3 0
 @Mntneer:

Aw hell no - LAIC!
  • 2 0
 @suspended-flesh: lol. I wish that I could type out that mouth noise he makes
  • 18 0
 I only occasionally rode with ankle socks in my early twenties when I was getting into road biking. When I realized how butt hurt and opinionated people would get about it, the iconoclast in me decided that I would never ride in anything but ankle socks from then on. Now I do it with 5" inseam hiking shorts just to see people's heads explode!
  • 4 0
 @derekbnorakim: if we ever meet in real life, I'll buy you a drink!
  • 7 1
 "Although the incident happened months ago, police are now asking for the public's"

2 months later, nice responce time in asking the public.
now if you follow the link to cornwall cops in the hope of making a call,
it shows,

Thinking of calling?

101
Calls waiting:

17
Average waiting time:

46 - 108 Minutes

f*ck me its speedy, perhaps the old lady shoulda said the biker called her an old fart,
then it would have been a hate crime, for which the response may be far quicker
  • 15 11
 I'd like the biker to come forward with his version of the events before making any judgement. It seemed like there was an altercation between the two prior to him kicking the 60-year old woman. Regardless, the guy shouldn't have physically assaulted the woman and injuring her in the process.
  • 4 2
 Three other people have reported similar instances.
  • 7 2
 I don't really care, you don't do that. Someone must recognise his distinctive "style", hopefully someone local and not on holiday so he's easier to find.
  • 15 7
 @CJlawson: Seems like it's all with people with dogs. Some dog owners seem to just let their untrained dogs run loose on trails, especially the aggressive ones.

Maybe the guy is an a*shole, but still like to get his side of the story after he gets arrested or he turns himself in to plead his case.
  • 27 1
 @CSharp: quite right.

Surely the Devon & Cornwall Police should have written "when she was *allegedly* kicked by an unknown man following an altercation".


If this sockless barend user really does prowl the trails looking for middle aged ladies to kick, and it can be proved, then throw the book at him, but...

...surely a more plausible version of events is "bar end chap rides along Right of Way, dog off lead and not under "close control" lunges at sockless chap barking aggressively, terrible shorts guy points a boot at errant dog in self defence, 60+ lady falls over on lumpy terrain".

I'm a dog owner and I will happily testify that dogs are generally a PITA and UK dog owners are nearly always magnanimous selfish arseholes who are ignorant of UK law.

UK law provisions that dogs must be kept under "close control" in public spaces. This is generally considered to be on a leash, but can be immediately responsive to verbal commands - how many of you pass dog walkers in the UK who have "close control" of their yapping, snarling, growling poop machine?
  • 8 0
 @mrchrisj: * files "sockless barend user" away for future use when the harshest of insults are warranted *
  • 4 0
 @mrchrisj: I don't think "magnanimous" means what you think it means. But I'm sure your English is better than my Welsh.
  • 3 0
 @mrchrisj:
pretty much the same in Germany, but as a rule it seems 99% of all dogs run around the trails unleashed. I have yet to meet the dog owner apologizing for his/her dog to run in front of my wheels. Just last week I had a Great Dane running up to me, quite scary.

On the other hand, by slowing down and friendly approaching dogs and their owners, most conflicts can be prevented.
  • 8 1
 if you havent had to kick an off lease aussie trying to herd your ass, owned by a passive zoomer, do you even ride bro?
  • 2 0
 As an Aussie owner, totally. No fear of bikes, something to heard, bark at, and get pats from. With some licking.
  • 4 0
 Do we actually know he assaulted her? I have heard similar stories of MTBers throwing bikes at horse riders, which was completely made up. Same said reporting horse rider was running a campaign to ban mtbers from the local bridleway, which is open to both and tried to make up stuff to get them banned. The clown shouldn't be on a footpath, obviously, but I'd like to see walkers banned from bridleways, too, as they have more than enough footpaths. As for walkers placing branches and ropes across mtb trails...

p.s. letter writing dogs?
  • 5 0
 I’m not kicking dogs but I’m sick of people walking their dogs off leash on steep downhill mtb trails.
Keep your dogs on a leash
  • 4 0
 It’s a shitter, as this trail is on a really good local loop (most people who don’t kick dogs go downhill on it) so it would be a shame if some dick ruins it.
  • 8 2
 how shE take pic if he kicked her over
  • 3 2
 sounds like something the accused would say..
  • 3 1
 Just to add for purposes of D&C constabulary that bike looks to be a Lynskey titanium with white coloured DT Swiss forks, probably Hope silver pro 2 hubs so yeah they probably reside over at www.singletrackworld.com forum.
  • 7 2
 I'm sure this will encourage trail access in the area. A hole
  • 5 0
 I know him, that's Ronnie Pickering!
  • 6 0
 @boardinbob: RONNIE PICKERING!
  • 5 0
 Are you sure that's England? I see no gaudy mismatches ano parts.
  • 5 0
 The elephant in the room is that he was not riding an ebike.
  • 5 0
 I had to download a CSI program, and "enhance-enhance", to believe my eyes. But you are correct.
  • 3 0
 We need a poll about how many of us have been attacked by dogs while we ride. I have a permanent scar from a dog that bit me.
  • 5 2
 "Why would a legit rider know an on-edge, soon to be divorced, self-centered dbag like this loser?"
  • 4 0
 $50 says his name is Gordon.
  • 2 1
 I'm going for "Keith"
  • 8 0
 @boardinbob: Keith Gordon. Aha, got him!
  • 3 0
 @boardinbob: Keith downvoted you!
  • 5 0
 This dude is champion
  • 5 2
 Boomer on boomer violence. Definitely not the first time I’ve heard of entitled old farts assaulting each other.
  • 2 1
 Maybe I've gone full-on dad, but what's wrong with low-cut socks? I feel sort of dorky wearing trail shoes and socks that stick up to my calf, but the gods know I have no fashion sense.
  • 2 1
 Maybe it was a misunderstanding as the man’s multi tool malfunctioned? Tool was in pocket and pliers pinched bollock, causing a involuntary kick which sent poor Dorris to the ground?
  • 4 0
 Some people and dogs just need a kicking!
  • 1 0
 p.s there isn't a dog alive that can run at 50mph, let alone sustain it for long. Greyhound is the fastest at 45mph, but they can't sustain that for more than a couple of minutes.
  • 2 3
 I would of thought if local then he has been given punishment by living in Newton Abbot. ;D

Joking aside another c u n t by sounds of it in our great sunny, friendly though drizzly area of UK.

There's his side, her side, the truth and then the law.

Speedy recovery to the injured party and let's hope he got wolloped in gob with a mouthful of dog eggs on his ride of should be shame bk home.
  • 3 0
 How many dogS was she walking ?
  • 2 0
 I mean obviously this guy is being a Walter Sobchak _at best_, don't get me wrong.
  • 3 0
 She could have very been assaulting him when he allegedly kicker.
  • 1 0
 I hope they get him. Being white, and a man, out in public like that, unsupervised, that's just not acceptable. These people are capable of anything.
  • 2 0
 He is no mtb with shorts like that!
  • 1 1
 The picture on Devon and Cornwall Police's FB is a bit clearer than the one above www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=420713516759608&set=a.304153288415632
  • 4 2
 I bet he's reading the comments. Just turn yourself in.
  • 4 2
 Bar ends and lycra; don't even need the facts , guy is guilty as charged
  • 4 2
 how do they know its a man?
  • 2 0
 BOLO for a MAML in dance shoes.
  • 2 0
 The difference between a "mountain biker" an a cyclist.....
  • 1 0
 He’s in the band fat bastard!
Go ride your bike and try to have positive interactions with your fellow humans.
  • 1 1
 Is this a mountain biker or just a guy on something that represents a mountain bike? Looks like hes got bar ends and possibly a RockShox Indy fork on there from the 90s.
  • 4 3
 It’s gravel rider not MTBer!
  • 4 2
 Ahhh dog walkers.....
  • 8 8
 FB post said he’s kicked dogs too. Hope someone kicks him. Utter oxygen thief.
  • 3 5
 He must live a very unsatisfying life, I actually kinda feel sad for the hypothetical perp.
  • 2 0
 "You kicked my dog!"
  • 1 0
 you came to my house and kicked my dog
  • 3 2
 Is sherlock Holmes on pinkbike?
  • 2 1
 Definitely not a MTBer. He doesn't belong on this post or at PINKBIKE>
  • 2 0
 Just check Strava
  • 3 0
 Look for the Local Legend who's 130-something-th in overall times
  • 3 0
 @ROOTminus1: more like the date and time of that attack, but this could be useful too
  • 1 0
 @ROOTminus1: sort by age and weight and he’s bound to be getting close to the top 100.
  • 1 1
 Scratching his manly bits as he mounts his ride. He has more than a police interview to worry about.
  • 2 1
 I’m surprised he has enough flexibility to kick a person…
  • 1 0
 The Prosecutor should read these comments for an opening statement
  • 1 2
 Not a mountain biker as such,just a goon who happens to own a crappy excuse for an MTB
  • 2 1
 looks like a fun trail.
  • 5 6
 ACAB for sure, but weird to ask that this dude not be doxxed when that’s precisely what the cops want
  • 2 0
 All cyclists are bad?
  • 3 6
 What an absolute arsehole .
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