There have been nearly 30 offences reported along the Bristol and Bath railway cycle path in the past year.
Figures obtained by BristolLive via a Freedom of Information request have revealed the crimes reported to police along the cycle path.
Avon and Somerset Police do not have a specific location category of ‘Bristol and Bath railway cycle path, and were therefore only able to search for crimes where the location address field includes ‘Bristol and Bath cycle path’ or similar.
A total of 29 offences have been reported in the cycle path in the past year, from March 2019 to mid March 2020.
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Here is a breakdown of all the offences:
- One offence of criminal damage valued under £5000
- One offence of having an article with a blade or point in a public place
- Five public order offences – including three of causing intentional harassment, alarm or distress, one of fear or provocation of violence and one for using threatening or abusive words likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.
- Seven robberies, including one assault with intent to rob.
- Three sexual assaults on a female
- Two thefts
- One theft of a motor vehicle
- Five assaults occasioning actual bodily harm
- Two common assaults
- One wounding or inflicting grievous bodily harm
- One racially or religiously aggravated common assault
We have reported some of these crimes and, earlier in the year, we reported how a cyclist knifed in an attempted robbery received life-changing injuries.
The cyclist, a man in his 30s, was on his way home along the Bristol and Bath cycle path when two men blocked his path and demanded he hand over his belongings.
He was then attacked, suffering knife wounds to both legs.
The incident happened at 7.15pm on Wednesday December 18 near Forest Road, Fishponds in the city. A knife was later found close to the scene.
In January, we reported how a man with “bulbous eyes” robbed people walking home from a night out in Bristol.
Police say the offender attacked a man and a woman, both aged 27, on the cycle path in Easton late on Monday, January 6.
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An Avon and Somerset Constabulary spokesperson said the attacker made off towards Whitehall Road with the man’s wallet, leaving the pair with facial injuries requiring ambulance attention.
John Pierre Treasure allegedly grabbed the waist of a woman who was running along the cycle path between Old Station and Rodway Hill at about 8.15am on Sunday, July 21.
The 32-year-old, of Hillside Avenue, is accused of carrying out a second assault 15 minutes later.
He is alleged to have pushed a woman who was walking her dog on the cycle path near Pomphrey Hill.
The defendant is charged with two counts of assault by beating and two counts of breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.