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Driver on A8 injured by cyclist's punch in the face

Policeman and car
Image caption Detectives from Lothian and Borders Police are reviewing CCTV footage from the area

A woman has been punched in the face by a cyclist following a rush hour driving dispute.

Police said the 29-year-old was driving her Volkswagen Golf on the A8 at around 1715 GMT on Thursday when she became involved in a row with a man on a bike.

Officers said the woman thought she had collided with him and pulled over. When she got out of her car the man hit her in the face before cycling off.

The woman suffered a punctured eardrum as a result of the attack.

Detectives from Lothian and Borders Police are reviewing CCTV footage from the area near to the RBS bridge, in a bid to identify the cyclist.

He is described as being white, between 30 to 35 years old, and of athletic build.

He was wearing dark or purple leggings with neon flashes on the side, a black and grey helmet, and he was riding what has been described as a hybrid-type bike.

A police spokesperson said: "This has been a vicious attack on a woman who has been left with a perforated ear drum as a result.

"We know the road was busy at the time, and would appeal for anyone who may have seen what happened, or who may recognise the description of the cyclist, to get in touch.

"In addition, we would appeal directly to the cyclist himself to contact us so we can fully establish the circumstances."

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