Police up patrols around Kenilworth Greenway following attacks on cyclists

Police have increased the amount of patrols around Kenilworth Greenway following the two attacks on cyclists by a gang of three men in October.

Wednesday, 9th November 2016, 12:28 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 3:55 pm
The attacks took place just before the bridge over Coventry Road

The victims were both academics in the maths department at Warwick University, and the university appealed to police to increase patrols in the wake of the attacks, which happened on Friday October 28.

As a result, both Kenilworth and Warwick Rural East Safer Neighbourhood Teams have conducted high-visibility patrols since the incidents.

The two victims were both targeted just before the bridge over Coventry Road near the intersection of the Greenway and the university cycle path.

Prof Ariel Pacetti was about to cycle over the bridge at around 6pm when the three offenders ran out from behind bushes to try and attack him, but he managed to evade them.

He said he felt lucky to have escaped unharmed.

They then targeted Prof Pacetti’s colleague, Dr Steven Adams, as he was riding back at around 6.45pm.

One of the men was able to knock Dr Adams off his bike by punching him in his face.

While on the ground, Dr Adams was kicked by the gang and had his bag and folder stolen.

His injuries were not described as being serious in spite of the attack.

Anyone with any information should call Warwickshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 341 of Saturday October 29.