Man and woman hunted after an assault on the Rodwell Trail

Man and woman hunted after an assault on the Rodwell Trail

Man and woman hunted after an assault on the Rodwell Trail

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POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a woman was knocked off her bike and kicked on the Rodwell Trail.

Officers are hunting a man and a woman following the incident which took place at about 1.30pm on Friday May 30, near the bridge over Sudan Road.

Dorset Police said the victim was a 28-year-old woman, who was cycling toward Wyke Regis from Weymouth when a man, who was walking with a woman, shouted abuse and punched her hard on the arm as she passed them. This caused the victim to crash and fall off her bike. The offender then kicked her in the back. The rider sustained minor injuries as a result of the incident.

The man and woman are described as white, in their fifties and both have short hair. PC Adam Bayliss from Weymouth police, said: “This incident left the victim very shocked.

“As it took place in broad daylight there may have been people around who saw what happened.

“I am appealing for anyone, who saw the incident or who saw a man and woman walking on the Rodwell Trail near the bridge over Sudan Road at about 1.30pm on Friday May 30, to come forward.”

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 101 quoting incident number 30:220, or report information via the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.

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12:58pm Wed 11 Jun 14

ronfogg says...

Why can one say. I'm lost for words
Why can one say. I'm lost for words ronfogg
  • Score: 2

1:18pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Bollard says...

As someone who cycles and walks the Rodwell Trail regularly, I've always been surprised that I haven't got into any scrapes with any undesirables along there - yet.
Let's hope this hasn't put the cyclist off using the trail, as we can't let these kind of people get the better of us!
As someone who cycles and walks the Rodwell Trail regularly, I've always been surprised that I haven't got into any scrapes with any undesirables along there - yet. Let's hope this hasn't put the cyclist off using the trail, as we can't let these kind of people get the better of us! Bollard
  • Score: 31

2:48pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Get a grip says...

The Rodwell Trail should be an asset but rapidly becoming a no go area.
The Rodwell Trail should be an asset but rapidly becoming a no go area. Get a grip
  • Score: 27

3:40pm Wed 11 Jun 14

marabout says...

Get a grip wrote:
The Rodwell Trail should be an asset but rapidly becoming a no go area.
I agree with you. I only ever cycle down there at the weekends now as it is busier.

I would never, ever walk down there and thats sad.
[quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: The Rodwell Trail should be an asset but rapidly becoming a no go area.[/p][/quote]I agree with you. I only ever cycle down there at the weekends now as it is busier. I would never, ever walk down there and thats sad. marabout
  • Score: 9

4:12pm Wed 11 Jun 14

elloello1980 says...

marabout wrote:
Get a grip wrote:
The Rodwell Trail should be an asset but rapidly becoming a no go area.
I agree with you. I only ever cycle down there at the weekends now as it is busier.

I would never, ever walk down there and thats sad.
I love the walk and will never allow these types to stop me. plus, I would not mind running into this bully, in fact I want to ;)
[quote][p][bold]marabout[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: The Rodwell Trail should be an asset but rapidly becoming a no go area.[/p][/quote]I agree with you. I only ever cycle down there at the weekends now as it is busier. I would never, ever walk down there and thats sad.[/p][/quote]I love the walk and will never allow these types to stop me. plus, I would not mind running into this bully, in fact I want to ;) elloello1980
  • Score: 10

6:59pm Wed 11 Jun 14

MattWey77 says...

"The man and woman are described as white, in their fifties and both have short hair"

Probably armed with loads of cheap booze and smelly clothes!
"The man and woman are described as white, in their fifties and both have short hair" Probably armed with loads of cheap booze and smelly clothes! MattWey77
  • Score: 2

7:34pm Wed 11 Jun 14

westbaywonder says...

What a Big man eh, hope his female friend is proud of him.
Could be her in line to be a punch bag throughout the world cup!
What a Big man eh, hope his female friend is proud of him. Could be her in line to be a punch bag throughout the world cup! westbaywonder
  • Score: 7

7:47pm Wed 11 Jun 14

JoeyJo says...

Get a grip wrote:
The Rodwell Trail should be an asset but rapidly becoming a no go area.
That is a ridiculous statement. The fact that it is so well used proves that problems are extremely rare.
[quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: The Rodwell Trail should be an asset but rapidly becoming a no go area.[/p][/quote]That is a ridiculous statement. The fact that it is so well used proves that problems are extremely rare. JoeyJo
  • Score: 4

8:46pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Get a grip says...

JoeyJo wrote:
Get a grip wrote:
The Rodwell Trail should be an asset but rapidly becoming a no go area.
That is a ridiculous statement. The fact that it is so well used proves that problems are extremely rare.
I stand byy comment.

A few years ago there were a group of drunks who took over the trail were it joins Abbotsbury Road.

I expect to be able to walk or ride on the trail in the day without any fear at all.

Not well I may be hit or intimidated but never mind it only happens every so often
[quote][p][bold]JoeyJo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: The Rodwell Trail should be an asset but rapidly becoming a no go area.[/p][/quote]That is a ridiculous statement. The fact that it is so well used proves that problems are extremely rare.[/p][/quote]I stand byy comment. A few years ago there were a group of drunks who took over the trail were it joins Abbotsbury Road. I expect to be able to walk or ride on the trail in the day without any fear at all. Not well I may be hit or intimidated but never mind it only happens every so often Get a grip
  • Score: 2

8:46pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Get a grip says...

JoeyJo wrote:
Get a grip wrote:
The Rodwell Trail should be an asset but rapidly becoming a no go area.
That is a ridiculous statement. The fact that it is so well used proves that problems are extremely rare.
I stand byy comment.

A few years ago there were a group of drunks who took over the trail were it joins Abbotsbury Road.

I expect to be able to walk or ride on the trail in the day without any fear at all.

Not well I may be hit or intimidated but never mind it only happens every so often
[quote][p][bold]JoeyJo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: The Rodwell Trail should be an asset but rapidly becoming a no go area.[/p][/quote]That is a ridiculous statement. The fact that it is so well used proves that problems are extremely rare.[/p][/quote]I stand byy comment. A few years ago there were a group of drunks who took over the trail were it joins Abbotsbury Road. I expect to be able to walk or ride on the trail in the day without any fear at all. Not well I may be hit or intimidated but never mind it only happens every so often Get a grip
  • Score: 1

11:21pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Harpya Orkinus says...

There are two *bells* on my bike - a normal one for reasonably *normal* people and a MegaHorn for the terminally stupid. A few weeks ago I spoke to a couple who were walking ENTIRELY on the cycleway side of the divided path, between Westham Bridge and the underpass. They had totally ignored my very long blast on the megaHorn, so I stopped and told them politely that if they walked on the marked pedestrian side of the line, they would be much less likely to be involved in an accident. The Tarzan-like male in light grey sweater told me to *Fcuk off !!* Fair enough, I thought, the dumb, pig-headed, stubborn brits obviously don't learn from fair words. Doubtless an *accidental* collision would be better remembered. Then, about ten days ago, just after leaving the Rodwell Trail and heading for the same underpass, I encountered a sixtyish gent in a navy sweater with the word *Mobility* on the left breast, who was walking towards me up the slope. I braked hard, and stopped about 3" from him. He complained about my speed. My bike is an old 1930s-style model with Sturmey-Archer 5-speed hub gear - you don't go very fast on that. The point is, HE was on the cycleway - my speed was quite irrelevant - I was where I was supposed to be, HE was NOT. End of story !!
Last time I went along there, I saw there were some fairly new signs along the Rodwell Trail, suggesting that users should show consideration for other users. Quite - I was on foot at the time, looking for certain plants of the Stonecrop family, and whenever I needed to cross the Trail, I only did so after having looked both ways first, in case any cyclists were approaching. When I walk along the trail, I keep in as close to the edge as possible, so as not to inconvenience cyclists. If Joe *Dumbo* Public could only learn to keep the concept of cycling in his mind when using shared trails/cycleways, there would be far less unpleasantness all round, and accidents would be avoided with sufficient use of common-sense and consideration. On the occasion of my walk down the trail, a prowl-car was driving slowly along it, heading North, and I have no doubt its presence was related to this outrageous incident. Hopefully, our hero in this Echo piece will sooner or later (hopefully sooner !!) assault the wrong person, making extra work for the staff at D C H....
There are two *bells* on my bike - a normal one for reasonably *normal* people and a MegaHorn for the terminally stupid. A few weeks ago I spoke to a couple who were walking ENTIRELY on the cycleway side of the divided path, between Westham Bridge and the underpass. They had totally ignored my very long blast on the megaHorn, so I stopped and told them politely that if they walked on the marked pedestrian side of the line, they would be much less likely to be involved in an accident. The Tarzan-like male in light grey sweater told me to *Fcuk off !!* Fair enough, I thought, the dumb, pig-headed, stubborn brits obviously don't learn from fair words. Doubtless an *accidental* collision would be better remembered. Then, about ten days ago, just after leaving the Rodwell Trail and heading for the same underpass, I encountered a sixtyish gent in a navy sweater with the word *Mobility* on the left breast, who was walking towards me up the slope. I braked hard, and stopped about 3" from him. He complained about my speed. My bike is an old 1930s-style model with Sturmey-Archer 5-speed hub gear - you don't go very fast on that. The point is, HE was on the cycleway - my speed was quite irrelevant - I was where I was supposed to be, HE was NOT. End of story !! Last time I went along there, I saw there were some fairly new signs along the Rodwell Trail, suggesting that users should show consideration for other users. Quite - I was on foot at the time, looking for certain plants of the Stonecrop family, and whenever I needed to cross the Trail, I only did so after having looked both ways first, in case any cyclists were approaching. When I walk along the trail, I keep in as close to the edge as possible, so as not to inconvenience cyclists. If Joe *Dumbo* Public could only learn to keep the concept of cycling in his mind when using shared trails/cycleways, there would be far less unpleasantness all round, and accidents would be avoided with sufficient use of common-sense and consideration. On the occasion of my walk down the trail, a prowl-car was driving slowly along it, heading North, and I have no doubt its presence was related to this outrageous incident. Hopefully, our hero in this Echo piece will sooner or later (hopefully sooner !!) assault the wrong person, making extra work for the staff at D C H.... Harpya Orkinus
  • Score: 8

8:16am Thu 12 Jun 14

SamCharFra says...

I started cycling a few months ago with my stepdad and dread going down there on every ride, always see 'drunks' gathering along there also had a row with an older man when I was out alone who got in my face shouting at me, he had a young child with him there were people around yet he was still giving it the biggen!!! We also passed a group of about 9/10 drunk men who barely moved to let us through who were shouting something at us but it was so slurred couldn't make out what they were saying something defiantly needs to be done about it or Maybe us cyclist should go prepared for these 'undesirables'
I started cycling a few months ago with my stepdad and dread going down there on every ride, always see 'drunks' gathering along there also had a row with an older man when I was out alone who got in my face shouting at me, he had a young child with him there were people around yet he was still giving it the biggen!!! We also passed a group of about 9/10 drunk men who barely moved to let us through who were shouting something at us but it was so slurred couldn't make out what they were saying something defiantly needs to be done about it or Maybe us cyclist should go prepared for these 'undesirables' SamCharFra
  • Score: 8

9:15am Thu 12 Jun 14

Brian.H says...

"I saw there were some fairly new signs along the Rodwell Trail, suggesting that users should show consideration for other users".
The real problem we live in a society that needs a sign to be told how to behave towards each other.
"I saw there were some fairly new signs along the Rodwell Trail, suggesting that users should show consideration for other users". The real problem we live in a society that needs a sign to be told how to behave towards each other. Brian.H
  • Score: 11

9:52am Thu 12 Jun 14

scubadude says...

I use the Rodwell trail to cycle and walk 4-5 times a week, I never see any issues, kids messing around occasionally but they generally move out of the way... mountain out of a molehill IMO, use the trail and enjoy it.
I use the Rodwell trail to cycle and walk 4-5 times a week, I never see any issues, kids messing around occasionally but they generally move out of the way... mountain out of a molehill IMO, use the trail and enjoy it. scubadude
  • Score: 2

1:38pm Thu 12 Jun 14

mrbojanglesa says...

Its also a hotspot for drug deals. Heroin and crack cocaine dealers use it to sell there wears.
Its also a hotspot for drug deals. Heroin and crack cocaine dealers use it to sell there wears. mrbojanglesa
  • Score: 12

7:22pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Harpya Orkinus says...

If any of the boys in blue would care to give these drunks, louts, worthless druggies, thieves, thugs, fakirs and bunco-steerers currently plaguing our town and the Trail a THOROUGH working over, I would be happy to swear before any judge in the land that at the material time, the cops were all at my place discussing crime-prevention measures. My neighbor will swear he saw them with me, too....
If any of the boys in blue would care to give these drunks, louts, worthless druggies, thieves, thugs, fakirs and bunco-steerers currently plaguing our town and the Trail a THOROUGH working over, I would be happy to swear before any judge in the land that at the material time, the cops were all at my place discussing crime-prevention measures. My neighbor will swear he saw them with me, too.... Harpya Orkinus
  • Score: 8

10:49pm Thu 12 Jun 14

mrbojanglesa says...

Harpya Orkinus wrote:
If any of the boys in blue would care to give these drunks, louts, worthless druggies, thieves, thugs, fakirs and bunco-steerers currently plaguing our town and the Trail a THOROUGH working over, I would be happy to swear before any judge in the land that at the material time, the cops were all at my place discussing crime-prevention measures. My neighbor will swear he saw them with me, too....
Where's the weymouth ninja when you need him?
[quote][p][bold]Harpya Orkinus[/bold] wrote: If any of the boys in blue would care to give these drunks, louts, worthless druggies, thieves, thugs, fakirs and bunco-steerers currently plaguing our town and the Trail a THOROUGH working over, I would be happy to swear before any judge in the land that at the material time, the cops were all at my place discussing crime-prevention measures. My neighbor will swear he saw them with me, too....[/p][/quote]Where's the weymouth ninja when you need him? mrbojanglesa
  • Score: 13

7:28pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Harpya Orkinus says...

Today, I pedalled down to Ferrybridge to visit the Chesil Center, and to my delight and astonishment, the Rodwell Trail was virtually walker-free throughout its length. So far, so good. I spent a fairly enjoyable hour or so admiring the Wildflowers near the center, and being spiritually uplifted by the faintly heard song of Skylarks emanating from on high, and struggling to be heard over the howl of traffic. A little before 1600 hrs, I set off home again, noting as I pedalled laboriously up the long incline a couple - she pushing offspring ahead of her, he looking as big as two men rolled into one, with a second offspring frolicking along in front of them. HOW do only TWO adults manage to take up the whole width of the Trail, I wondered, as I applied thumb intermittently to MegaHorn ??!! Clearly, they hadn't read the signage about considering other Trail users - or maybe they did, but just thought other users beneath their notice..
Today, I pedalled down to Ferrybridge to visit the Chesil Center, and to my delight and astonishment, the Rodwell Trail was virtually walker-free throughout its length. So far, so good. I spent a fairly enjoyable hour or so admiring the Wildflowers near the center, and being spiritually uplifted by the faintly heard song of Skylarks emanating from on high, and struggling to be heard over the howl of traffic. A little before 1600 hrs, I set off home again, noting as I pedalled laboriously up the long incline a couple - she pushing offspring ahead of her, he looking as big as two men rolled into one, with a second offspring frolicking along in front of them. HOW do only TWO adults manage to take up the whole width of the Trail, I wondered, as I applied thumb intermittently to MegaHorn ??!! Clearly, they hadn't read the signage about considering other Trail users - or maybe they did, but just thought other users beneath their notice.. Harpya Orkinus
  • Score: 4

6:44am Tue 17 Jun 14

Parkstreetshufle says...

mrbojanglesa wrote:
Its also a hotspot for drug deals. Heroin and crack cocaine dealers use it to sell there wears.
You seem to have weymouth confused with your television. Why would anyone want to sell drugs miles from anywhere? It's not very convenient is it? On the other hand if you don't work and want a nice spot to laze around drinking a 3L bottle of cider it's ideal.
[quote][p][bold]mrbojanglesa[/bold] wrote: Its also a hotspot for drug deals. Heroin and crack cocaine dealers use it to sell there wears.[/p][/quote]You seem to have weymouth confused with your television. Why would anyone want to sell drugs miles from anywhere? It's not very convenient is it? On the other hand if you don't work and want a nice spot to laze around drinking a 3L bottle of cider it's ideal. Parkstreetshufle
  • Score: -6

6:51am Tue 17 Jun 14

Parkstreetshufle says...

I've used the trail a lot. If you really want to avoid any drunks you can cycle to gypsy lane and join the trail there, but generally speaking they are pretty harmless, although I agree they should be made to do something useful rather than getting drunk. Bum just about sums them up.
I've used the trail a lot. If you really want to avoid any drunks you can cycle to gypsy lane and join the trail there, but generally speaking they are pretty harmless, although I agree they should be made to do something useful rather than getting drunk. Bum just about sums them up. Parkstreetshufle
  • Score: 0

11:37am Sat 21 Jun 14

mrbojanglesa says...

Parkstreetshufle wrote:
mrbojanglesa wrote:
Its also a hotspot for drug deals. Heroin and crack cocaine dealers use it to sell there wears.
You seem to have weymouth confused with your television. Why would anyone want to sell drugs miles from anywhere? It's not very convenient is it? On the other hand if you don't work and want a nice spot to laze around drinking a 3L bottle of cider it's ideal.
I know this for a fact due to my occupation. It's quiet and dealers can be well hidden. It's not like there are CCTV cameras down there
[quote][p][bold]Parkstreetshufle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mrbojanglesa[/bold] wrote: Its also a hotspot for drug deals. Heroin and crack cocaine dealers use it to sell there wears.[/p][/quote]You seem to have weymouth confused with your television. Why would anyone want to sell drugs miles from anywhere? It's not very convenient is it? On the other hand if you don't work and want a nice spot to laze around drinking a 3L bottle of cider it's ideal.[/p][/quote]I know this for a fact due to my occupation. It's quiet and dealers can be well hidden. It's not like there are CCTV cameras down there mrbojanglesa
  • Score: 8

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