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There has been another attack on the guided busway path – but this time the violence has escalated w..

By admin , in Cambridge , at May 4, 2018

There has been another attack on the guided busway path – but this time the violence has escalated with the use of a knife.

Police are investigating whether the latest assault could be related to a number of frightening incidents over the last few months.

The News reported how a cyclist was jumped by a gang as he rode home along the guided busway path from Addenbrooke's Hospital to Trumpington.

Marzio Fagioli was cycling along the path at 9.20pm on Monday (April 30) when three men dragged him off his bike and beat him up.

And in January we reported how cyclists were attacked by a group of teenagers along the DNA and Trumpington busway cycle paths that connect Great Shelford, Addenbrooke's and Cambridge station.

Now another person has been hurt on the guided busway path – and this time the attackers used a knife.

The cut on Jamie's head

Jamie Marshall, who is 4ft 7in tall, was walking home from his for day at work at Marks and Spencer's in the Beehive centre on the path from Cambridge rail station to his home in Trumpington when three men riding Ofo hire bikes cycled towards him.

The 21-year-old told the News: "I had my head down and saw them about 20 metres away. The biggest one rode by and just booted me in the stomach. I went to defend myself and he pulled out a massive six inch long knife and went for me.

"It hit my head and left a cut. I ran for it all the way home. It was terrifying but my adrenalin kicked in and I was ready to defend myself.

"I have a small knife cut in my head where they attacked me.

"I believe it's the same that youths that attacked me that attacked the other man. It's a coincidence it was at the exact same place and we are both the same age. I would like to make this public and warn more people."

Police investigate

Police have launched a hunt for the gang and Ofo chiefs say they will help with the investigation if the force asks.

A force spokesman said: "We were contacted at about 2.30pm yesterday (May 3) with reports of an assault on the path by the guided busway in Trumpington.

"The victim was walking along the path when he was attacked by three men on bikes. One of the men struck the victim with a knife, resulting in minor injuries.

"The incident is being investigated and officers are keeping an open mind as to whether it is linked to another incident on April 30."

Ofo says

Ofo's system allows potential riders to use a smartphone Uber-style app to 'hail' a bike that then does not have to be returned to a set location.

It has a GPS tracking system.

A spokesman for Ofo bike hire said: "We have had request before from police where a crime was committed and an Ofo bike was seen nearby. We will help the police if requested."

Brutal

Marzio Fagioli after the attack

The attack on Jamie comes after Marzio Fagioli was assaulted while cycling along the same path at 9.20pm on Monday (April 30).

Three men dragged him off his bike and started punching and kicking him in the head.

The 21-year-old, who was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital for treatment, has described the terrifying moment he was attacked.

Mr Fagioli said: "It was Monday night and I was on the guided busway path from Addenbrooke's towards Trumpington.

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"I have been using the path for a long time and nothing has every happened although I had heard there had been a few assaults in Trumpington last year.

"I was assaulted by three guys who dragged me off my bike and just started punching and kicking me in the head.

"I tried to defend myself but there were three of them and I couldn't do anything. They didn't give any reason as to why they did it – they were just using bad language and kicking and punching me.

"I think they were trying to knock me out. As they walked away I said: 'Nice one, three against one' and they turned around and said: 'That's how we roll.' I think they are some kind of gang."

'I pity them'

Despite the attack Mr Fagioli said he only feels sorry for his attackers.

He said: "I think it might have been because the adrenalin kicked in but I didn't feel anything at the time. I don't feel any anger or resentment towards them, I just feel sorry for them and sad that this is what they do in their life.

"It must be awful living that kind of life.

"The police have been investigating and came to the hospital to speak to me but there was no CCTV but there were others on the path who may have seen something."

Previous attacks

(Image: Johan Henriksson)

In January the News reported how cyclists were approached by a group of teenagers and assaulted along the DNA and Trumpington busway cycle paths that connect Great Shelford, Addenbrooke's and Cambridge station.

Johan Henriksson was heading along the guided busway cycle path in Cambridge when he was confronted by a group of teenagers on bikes.

The gang blocked the 33-year-old's path, spat at him and tried to push him off his bike before knocking him to the ground.

Violent kicks left Mr Henriksson with a large gash to his forehead that required hospital treatment.

Rosie Boparai, a 32-year-old teacher at a local school, was left "shaken" but uninjured by her encounter with a group of teenagers last October.

As she cycled from Cambridge station to Trumpington along the busway she was blocked by a gang of 10.

They forced her to cycle onto her busway and she came off her bike.

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Jogger attack

In an earlier attack, a jogger was jumped by two men who grabbed him while he was running on a cycle path from Cambridge to Great Shelford.

The jogger was assaulted in Great Shelford on September 29 last year and a description of his attackers released by police.

The 30-year-old man was running from Addenbrookes Hospital towards Great Shelford, along the DNA cycle path in Granhams Road at about 7pm when two men jumped out from the bushes.

The men grabbed him but he managed to run away, suffering a minor injury.

The offenders are described as both possibly in their early 20s, under 6ft tall, slim and wearing all black.

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