Cyclist attacked on the road

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POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist was knocked unconscious after an alleged road rage attack.

A 40-year-old man was cycling along a dirt track between Bolton Road, Bickershaw and Landgate Lane, Bryn, at about 11.30am on Monday, October 22, a when a silver Ford Focus drove past, narrowly missing him.

The driver did a handbrake turn and the cyclist gestured at the motorist due to his manner of driving.

A short time later the cyclist heard the car coming up behind him.

He pulled up at the side of the road and when the vehicle drove past at speed he felt a blow to his face that caused him to lose consciousness.

It is thought he may have been hit with a brick or bottle.

He was taken to hospital for treatment to facial injuries.

The car was a silver Ford Focus, possible a 02 or 03 plate.

There were two people inside: both white and aged between 17 and 20. One had short dark hair and the other short light coloured hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7295, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.