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‘Right or wrong the adult should have acted like an adult’: Your views on 12 year old cyclist assaulted by man as she rode on pavementPolice are investigating after a 12 year old girl was knocked off her bike and was thought to be inches from being hit by a moving car12:47, 23 AUG 2017The 12 year old girl was riding her bicycle in High Street, Trumpington, near to the Shell garage (pictured) (Image: Google)
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Readers have slated a man for assaulting a 12 year old girl despite arguments over whether she should have been cycling on the pavement.
Yesterday the News told how police were investigating after a 12 year old girl was knocked off her bike and was thought to be inches from being hit by a moving car.
The victim was riding her bicycle in High Street, Trumpington, near to the Shell filling station, between noon and 1pm on Thursday (August 17) when the man shouted at her about using the pavement.
As she passed he put out his arm, knocking her from the bike. She was not injured and got up and cycled away.
12 year old girl knocked off her bike within inches of moving car
The man is described as white, in his 40s, and of a tall and slim build.
He is thought to have blond or grey short hair and wore jeans, a black jacket possibly Superdry brand and Ugg trainers.
Readers took to social media to share their views on the story.
Commenting on the News’ online story, ‘Gnomeicide’ wrote: “Disgusted by the lot of you who are saying ‘the assault was wrong BUT.’.
“No. No buts, the assault was wrong. Are you seriously telling me that a child not playing in deadly traffic is in any way a vindication, or even a noteworthy consideration to discuss when a grown man assaults her?
“Hang your heads in shame.”
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‘RobinHoot’ said the assault was “a terrible incident which luckily didn’t end up in a tragedy”, while ‘furrybadger’ wrote: “I don’t condone the man’s actions but my sympathy for the ‘victim’ is somewhat limited.
“Cyclists should be on the road, whether the road has a cycle lane or not.”
‘Pecko’ said they would rather a child cycle on the pavement and be safe rather than on a busy road.
‘BobMoore’ also agreed, commenting: “The cyclist was doing nothing wrong. Cyclists are allowed to use pavements if the road is dangerous.
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“This was an assault by an adult on a child doing NOTHING wrong.
“The pavement may not even be a safer option. Pedestrians can suddenly change direction (and aren’t fitted with indicators). People and vehicles can emerge from driveways, footpaths and junctions.
“Cycling on the path you have less time to react to these hazards compared to being on the road, and other road users may not expect cyclists to be using the paths.”