An urgent manhunt is underway after a brave young jogger was attacked by a knifeman as she went on her first run.
Maddi Forster shared pictures of her wounds after she was repeatedly stabbed by a stranger dressed in all black and a face covering.
The 21-year-old said she only decided to take up running this year, but wound up having to fend off an armed assailant that left her with puncture wounds.
She was stabbed four times in her leg and only escaped after she bravely fought off the frenzied thug by punching and kicking.
Posting online, Maddie said the attack happened while running along a cycle path in the Brook Road area of Kingswood, Bristol.
Maddi was stabbed four times sometime between 5pm and 6pm on Monday December 7.
She suffered several laceration-type injuries to her leg and was taken to hospital for treatment.
Maddi wrote on Facebook: "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."
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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.
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"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. If you can help, please call us on 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5220275007."
The attack has sparked fear in the local community as many were quick to praise Maddi’s bravery.
One user said: "DO NOT let your kids out on their own whilst that evil b****** is out roaming free! Please be safe & aware.
"Absolutely gutted this has happened to our beautiful Maddie! Just thankful she is one tough cookie and managed to get away."
Another said: "Thank you so much for sharing this, I run along there most Sunday mornings but early. This is really scary, I think I'll avoid for now.
"I hope you are okay and I hope the bstard is caught soon. Stay safe. Sending you good wishes for a speedy recovery."
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