Mike Dooling, 73, was on his way to his sister’s home near Norris Green, Liverpool, when he was allegedly attacked by a group of youths around 4pm on Saturday. He claims the boys insulted the retired teacher and threw rocks and a piece of wood at him.
Mike said there were about 15 boys, who he estimated to be between eight and 14 years old.
The pensioner, who has two sons, said Echo of Liverpool: “I’m still emotionally drained from it. I went to my cousin’s house afterwards and was an absolute wreck.
“It was such a scary experience. I’m still in shock. I couldn’t even talk about it for a few days.”
Mike suffered a few minor injuries including bruises and cuts, but said the attack mainly had an emotional impact on him. Luckily, he was able to get away from the gang quickly on his bike.
Merseyside Police said the behavior was “reckless” and stepped up patrols in the area.
Merseyside Police said in a statement: “At approximately 4pm on Saturday 18th June we received a report of an assault on the Loop Line in the Norris Green area. It was reported that a group of youths assaulted and threw rocks at a cyclist on the Loop Line near Broadway Bridge.
“No serious injuries were reported. Following these reports of criminal and anti-social behavior in the Broadway area, officers intensified high visibility patrols and a dispersal area was also introduced for several days to assist officers to combat these behaviors.
Inspector Sarah Rotheram added: “This kind of reckless behavior can have very serious consequences and simply will not be tolerated by Merseyside Police.
“I ask parents and guardians of children to please check what your child is doing when out with friends and to make sure they are not participating in such dangerous activity.
“We are working with partners to improve the area for the community, including improvements to CCTV and we will continue to deploy officers to disrupt those who persist in causing anti-social behavior.
“Anyone with information about this incident or anti-social behavior in their community is asked to contact @MerPolCC on Twitter or ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook with reference 22000424602.
“You can also call 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111, or their online form at https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information. Always call 999 in an emergency.”