Cyclist’s skull fractured in Portsmouth attack

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A CYCLIST was left with a fractured skull after a row with a car driver.

The victim was riding his bike towards St Mary’s Road and had stopped at the junction with Fratton Road, Fratton, when an argument broke out between him and a man who was driving a grey BMW.

The 49-year-old cyclist was hit and fell to the ground.

He suffered a fractured skull in the attack, which happened at about 2.25pm on Friday and was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham where he was still under observation last night.

Detective Constable Pete Bambury said: ‘This was a very busy time of the day in Fratton Road and I know that numerous cars stopped to see what was going on between the two men. I need to speak to anyone who saw the incident as the injuries sustained to the cyclist are serious and quite substantial.’

A 46-year-old man from Portsmouth was arrested on suspicion of assault causing grievous bodily harm.

He was later released on bail until October 5.

Anyone with any information should contact Portsmouth CID on 101 or 0845 0454545.

Alternatively call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.