Runner injured in ‘stupid’ attack

Steven Oliver, 36, of Knaresborough with the injuries caused by a bottle thrown from a passing van while he was out running (s)

Steven Oliver, 36, of Knaresborough with the injuries caused by a bottle thrown from a passing van while he was out running (s)

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A Knaresborough runner was left badly injured after being hit by a bottle thrown from a passing car.

Steven Oliver, 36, needed 14 stitches on his upper lip and inside his mouth after being struck in the face by the bottle while running along Forest Moor Road on Monday, September 3.

Steven, who was training for the Great North Run, said: “All I remember was a few seconds of darkness and then an awful lot of blood coming out my mouth. I turned around and saw a white transit van around 15 metres past me.”

Witnesses in the car behind the van saw what happened and followed to get its registration number, before turning back to check on Steven, he said.

Steven needed specialist treatment at York District Hospital to repair the damage to his face, and could be left with permanent damage to his lip and face, he added.

“It has left me feeling extremely upset that somebody would even contemplate doing this in an unprovoked attack.

“I just hope whoever did it can recognise what a stupid thing it was to do, and doesn’t do it again.”

Steven, who runs with the Knaresborough Striders group, is training for the Great North Run, which he is running in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Although his training has come to an end while his face is healing, he is hopeful that by race day on Sunday, September 16 he will be able to complete the half marathon in his target time of one hour 45 minutes.

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A police spokesman said they are working to trace the van and asked anyone with information to contact Harrogate police and quote reference 12120147887.