Cyclist attacked in Dunedin

Dunedin police are looking for information about a man who attacked a female cyclist.
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Dunedin police are looking for information about a man who attacked a female cyclist.

Police are looking for a man who attacked a female cyclist in Dunedin on Saturday, shouting at her and punching her multiple times.

Dunedin police also want to speak to two young men who came to the woman's aid. 

The attack happened at about 3:30 on Saturday afternoon.

A 45-year-old woman was riding her bike on Portsmouth Drive in South Dunedin. 

Near the intersection of Strathallan St, the woman was accosted by an unknown man who shouted at her before grabbing her bike.

The unknown man punched the cyclist about four times in the right side of her body and threw the cyclist, who was still on her bike, onto a grass verge.

As a result of the woman's screams, two men from a nearby parked car, in their mid 20s, came to help her. 

After their intervention the attacker ran off in the direction of the Wharf.

Police said the incident had no connection to a homicide inquiry sparked by the discovery of 51-year-old Dunedin woman Karin Ann Ross' body in the Spotless cleaning company yard on Strathallan St on Tuesday, nor the "blitz-type" sexual assault on a 23-year-old woman who was jogging in Dunedin's Ross Creek Reserve last Monday.

The man who attacked the cyclist is described as Caucasian, aged in his 40s and of solid build with messy shoulder-length sandy blonde hair. He was wearing a light coloured T-shirt, with a large logo or picture on the front and light blue jeans.

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Anyody with information should call either Dunedin police on 03 471 4800 or can pass information on anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 - Stuff

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