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Seafront bike accident girl receives gift from Eastbourne cycling club members

Aaliyah is pictured with members of Eastbourne Rovers Cycling Club SUS-140713-153630001

Aaliyah is pictured with members of Eastbourne Rovers Cycling Club SUS-140713-153630001

The little girl knocked down and injured by cyclists on Eastbourne last week has been presented with a brand new bike by kind-hearted cycling enthusiasts.

Members of Eastbourne Rovers Cycling Club clubbed together to raise cash after hearing about the incident involving four-year-old Aaliyah Raj who suffered serious facial injuries when she was knocked off her feet on the no cycling section of the seafront opposite The Queen’s Hotel.

Two men have been arrested and quizzed and while one is to receive a police caution for assault, both are likely to be prosecuted by Eastbourne Borough Council as cycling along parts of the promenade is currently banned under by-laws.

Members of the cycling club – together with property developer Steve Knott – raised the money and this afternoon (Sunday) Aaliyah was presented with a new Hello Kitty bikle, helmet, t-shirt as well as tickets to local attractions.

Trevor Perks, a member of Eastbourne Rovers Cycling Club, said the majority of cyclists were responsible and hoped the incident had not put Aaliyah off cycling.

 

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