POLICE are appealing for a good samaritan who helped a cyclist who had been assaulted to come forward.
The incident happened at 1pm on Sunday 26 October but details have just been released.
A 57-year-old man from Clayton-le-Moors was cycling home along the Leeds- Liverpool Canal towpath at Church.
As he passed three men who were drinking under the canal bridge, one of them grabbed hold of the bike and the group started to chant “You’re going in”.
He got off the bike and used it as a shield to protect himself.
One of the group punched him in the face, causing him to fall to the floor, before another kicked and punched him in the head and back.
They were interrupted by a man on a motocross bike and ran off.
The injured man made his way home and was later treated in hospital for cuts and bruises.
An investigation is underway and police are urging anyone with information to come forward.
PC Rachel Pilkington said: “We are particularly keen to speak to the man on the motocross bike who went over to assist the injured man, as he may be able to help us identify the people responsible.
“This was a completely unprovoked attack on an innocent man who was on his way home after an afternoon bike ride.
“Fortunately he was wearing a cycle helmet and a rucksack which took most of the impact, although he and his family have been left extremely traumatised by the ordeal.”
Two of the men who carried out the attack are described as white, slim and aged around 17.
One of them was around 5ft 8ins tall had short mousy brown hair.
He was wearing a cream or beige sweater with a plain round neck and blue jeans.
The second man was 5ft 10ins tall and was wearing a dark jumper and blue jeans.
Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 0845 125 3545 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.