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County Durham ranger hurt in quad bike hit-and-run attack

A countryside ranger has been injured in an attack by a quad bike rider in County Durham.

Jennie Gerrard suffered a broken left wrist, cuts and bruising when she was run down on the Brandon to Bishop Auckland walkway, at Hunwick, Crook.

She had spotted the off-road vehicle being being driven on the path illegally while she was cutting grass and asked the rider to leave the area.

A short time later she was knocked over and the bike was driven off at speed.

Ms Gerrard, who has been a ranger for 15 years, said: "I could hear the engine getting louder and they just drove into me.

"I was knocked backwards and put my hands out to save me which is how I broke my wrist."

'Tragic consequences'

The quad bike was being ridden by a man, and was carrying another man as passenger, during the attack on Wednesday.

A Durham Police spokesman said: "The victim appears to have been deliberately targeted by the quad bike rider who should not have been using the machine in that area and has clearly been driving it in a totally reckless manner.

"His actions could have had tragic consequences and it is fortunate the victim was not more seriously hurt.

"Quad bikes have no place on public footpaths and this type of behaviour will not be tolerated.

"People should be able use footpaths without fear of injury from such machines."

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