A young woman who went out jogging for the first time ever had a horrific experience when she was grabbed by a masked stranger and stabbed four times in the thigh.
Maddi Forster, 21, went out running on a cycle path in Bristol on Monday when she was attacked.
Her assailant appeared to be wearing dark clothing, but she was unable to see clearly as it was between 5pm and 6pm and already dark.
Maddi shared photos of her injuries online, showing the puncture wounds in her leg, as she warned others of the danger.
Writing on Facebook, she said: ‘WARNING TO ALL JOGGERS/ GIRLS ON THEIR OWN.
‘Went for a run tonight along the cycle path in Warmley around the back of Kings Oak Academy when I was grabbed and attacked by an unknown male dressed in all black wearing a face covering and gloves.
‘I was stabbed 4 times in the leg. Not sure what his intentions were as I wasn’t mugged and luckily managed to punch and kick myself out of his arms.
‘PLEASE- this is my first and last time jogging, please go careful.’
A statement from Avon and Somerset Police said: ‘We’re appealing for witnesses to an incident in the Brook Road area of Kingswood earlier today in which a 21-year-old woman was assaulted.
‘The woman was jogging on the cycle path when she was approached by an unknown person and assaulted, sometime between 5pm and 6pm today (Monday 7 December).
‘She suffered several laceration-type injuries to her leg and was taken to hospital for treatment. Her injuries are not life-threatening.
‘Due to it being dark, the victim did not see the offender in detail, but said they may have been wearing dark clothing.
‘Officers were deployed to the scene and have carried out a search of the area. Further enquiries are now taking place.
‘We’re appealing for anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in this area to come forward.’
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