Appeal after three girls assaulted by big-nosed cyclist

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The cycle path at Boblingen Way. (library photo)

A cyclist with a “large nose” who assaulted three schoolgirls in Glenrothes on Tuesday is being hunted by police.

Officers have appealed for help after the man, said to be in his 50s, struck one of the youngsters from behind with his bike.

He then dismounted and shouted at the 11-year-old before pushing her and causing her to stumble.

He then assaulted two 15-year-old girls who intervened, striking one on the neck and kicking to the ground.

The other one was pushed, causing her to stumble.

A fourth girl who was with the group on Boblingen Way, near Warout Stadium, was untouched.

The incident happened on Tuesday at around 4pm and left the girls frightened but uninjured.

The cyclist then got back on his bike and was last seen cycling towards the underpass away from the stadium.

He is described as white, aged 50 to 60, with a large nose, muscular shoulders and arms and a round stomach.

He was wearing a red and black cycle helmet, a light blue waterproof jacket, dark blue/black waterproof trousers and was travelling on a red mountain bike.

Sergeant Chris Mutter of Glenrothes police station said: “Thankfully, the girls were uninjured. However, this was a frightening experience for them and we’re continuing with our enquiries in the local area.

“As part of this, we’re asking anyone who may have seen the cyclist in the area around this time or anyone who may recognise his description to get in touch as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident number 2283 of September 12, or report it anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.