Jogger throws Just Eat cyclist over handlebars along canal towpath

A Just Eat delivery driver was attacked along the Selly Oak canal towpath by a jogger whilst on her shift.

Josie Bennett says she was cycling along the stretch between Sainsbury’s and Bournville when the unknown man jumped in front of her bike and threw her off.

The University of Birmingham student hit the pavement head first and remembers hearing her attacker laugh as he ran away.

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She sustained a concussion, bruising and scrapes and was treated in hospital following the incident, which happened around midday on Tuesday (October 12).

Miss Bennett, 23, said: “What was his motive ? It was vindictive. I was way out of his way, not going too fast, I don’t know who he was.”

Miss Bennett was dressed in her distinctive Just Eat uniform and on her company bike and outside the Dingle when the incident happened.

She said: “There was no one else around except for this gentleman jogging.

“He jumped in front of me and he shoved me over the handlebars. I went over and hit the pavement head first, really hard.

“If I hadn’t been wearing my helmet, I don’t know what would have happened. There was a dent in the foam.

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“I was quite dazed for a second and I heard him laughing and he ran off as I was getting my bearings.

“I assessed myself for injuries in case I had an injury to my spine. I called the police and then my workplace.

“Some friends from Oak Tree Lane came and we waited for an ambulance.”

She ended up walking to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital which was 15 minutes away and was discharged.

Miss Bennett said: “I’m considering leaving my job over this. When you are a Just Eat rider and you follow all the rules of the road, you still get so much abuse. You get people nearly running you over all the time.

“I don’t know why he targeted me. He was just laughing like it was a big joke.”

West Midlands Police said: “We were called just after 1pm on Tuesday 12 October by a delivery driver who told us that a man had just pushed her off her bike as she rode down a canal towpath. Thankfully, she wasn’t badly injured.”

Selly Oak Police tweeted that they were patrolling the canals following an increase in anti-social behaviour.

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