Gang of teens ‘abuse and assault’ cyclist on south Bristol footbridge

“I was abused and assaulted in broad daylight as I attempted to get past them - they tried to push me off my bike, kicking it repeatedly”
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Police will step up patrols in Brislington after a group of teenagers ‘abused and assaulted’ a woman trying to cross a pedestrian footbridge in the area.

Bristol has seen an increase in violent crimes in the last 12 months and Avon and Somerset Police confirmed it has also received other reports concerning groups of young people in the Wyatts View area. The service plans to deploy more neighbourhood beat officers in the anti-social hotspot.

A woman shared her experience on Facebook after reporting the incident to police. She said: “I want to raise awareness for your safety. On April 20 at around 5.45pm a group of intimidating teenagers have been blocking access to the green pedestrian bridge by Co-op, in St Anne’s.

“I was abused and assaulted in broad daylight as I attempted to get past them - they tried to push me off my bike, kicking it repeatedly. This was a distressing experience, particularly being a lone female.”

BristolWorld asked the police service if similar incidents had been reported in the area and whether any action would be taken to prevent future attacks.

A spokesperson said: “The Neighbourhood Policing Team are aware of some reports regarding anti-social behaviour in the area and a group of young people being verbally abusive to members of the public.

“Investigations are ongoing, and the officers will be carrying out increased high-visibility patrols in the area and are encouraging anyone with any concerns to come forward, either through the Neighbourhood Beat Surgeries or by contacting the team directly.

“If you see anything suspicious, or have any relevant footage of the group, please contact 101 and quote log 542 of 21 April.”

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