Police in Birmingham are interesting for witnesses after a 26-year-old girl was pushed off her bike and right into a canal.

Sophie Watson mentioned she was biking close to Edgbaston Park Street at about 6.30pm on Friday when she noticed a bunch of boys cycle in direction of her.

The coed on the College of Birmingham mentioned she stayed left on the nearside of a fence however the group would not budge, so she moved in direction of the canal.

“The primary one mentioned ‘you are getting pushed in’ after which perhaps the sixth simply pushed me in,” she mentioned.

“Me, my bike and all my belongings had been within the canal they usually continued biking and laughing.

“After I might pulled myself and bike out, I continued on alongside the canal once I noticed one other drenched girl forward… two males had helped her out.”

Ms Watson suffered bruises to her legs and ankle.

West Midlands Police mentioned the group was made from about eight to 10 “white and blended race boys” between the ages of 14 and 16.

They mentioned the group cycled off between the stations of College and 5 Methods.

Police mentioned they understood one other feminine bike owner was pushed into the water across the similar time on Friday, whereas officers have seen studies of comparable incidents on social media.

Ms Watson additionally mentioned 5 different girls had contacted her with related tales.

“I am now feeling apprehensive about biking in secluded areas, however then I am largely compelled to mingle with motor visitors,” she mentioned.

“I am involved they had been attacking girls and I am nervous different girls will cease biking altogether. Girls cycle at a ratio of 1:three to males in Birmingham.”

Investigations and patrols of the world are ongoing.

Anybody with data is urged to contact the police on-line or name 101 and quote reference quantity 20BW/136078G/20. Info can be given anonymously through Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

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