A 17-year-old male cyclist was stopped and assaulted by a car driver in a sickening and unprovoked attack.

The teenager was riding on Combe Lane, Shere, Surrey, on Tuesday at 4.20pm when the driver of a silver Vauxhall car passed him, stopped and assaulted the rider.

The victim was hit in the forehead and then suffered further kicks and punches as he lay on the ground, leaving him with bruising.

The assailant then dragged the cyclist into the middle of the road by his helmet strap before getting back into his car and driving off.

The driver is descirbed as aged between 20 and 21-years-old, 5ft 10″ tall and of medium build with a skinhead haircut. He was wearing black trousers and baggy top. The car is a silver Vauxhall Astra or Corsa.

“This was a diabolical unprovoked attack on a young man enjoying a ride though the Surrey Hills close to the Olympic route,” said investigating officer PC Nick Sharpe.

“I am urging anyone who may have seen a silver car matching this description in or around the area, or who has any information which could help officers locate the suspect, to call me as soon as possible.

“This type of extreme aggressive behaviour cannot be tolerated within our neighbourhoods and Surrey Police will do everything possible to bring the offender to justice.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference GD/13/7817. Alternatively the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.