Cyclist claims Holby City actor Robert Powell’s dog ‘bit him’ after posting pic of ‘mystery’ man

A CYCLIST claimed a Holby City actor’s dog bit him on Hampstead Heath after he posted a picture online to track him down.

Karzan Wali posted an appeal to find the owner, after he said he was left injured following a ride in the North London beauty spot.

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Actor Robert Powell was filmed by a man who claimed his dog bit his leg[/caption]

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Karzan Wali claimed he was left injured after being bitten[/caption]

He said he was near the Highgate Men’s Bathing Pond on Thursday afternoon when Robert Powell’s dog ran towards him.

Mr Wali said he was nipped by the Cockerpoo, and was forced to get a tetanus jab.

The actor denies the cyclist was bitten, saying all the dog did was bark at the him.

Mr Powell, who starred in Holby City for six series and played Yellow in The Italian Job, said he was verbally abused after telling Mr Wali he shouldn’t be cycling.

He told the Mail on Sunday: “My dog has never bitten anybody in her life. I saw his [Mr Wali’s] leg and there is not a mark on it.

“The dog did not bite him. I even made a joke while the dog was yapping and said, ‘See, even the dog knows you can’t ride a bike here’.”

Mr Wali wrote in an online appeal: “The dog owner was very inconsiderate and rude, didn’t apologise and also didn’t believe me that the dog bit me.

“I can assure you, I got bitten and had to get a tetanus jab and am now on antibiotics as the bite marks are red and sore.

‘IF YOU KNOW THIS MAN…’

“Be aware of this owner and the dogs, especially cyclists. If you know this man, please message me.

“I went to A&E and had a tetanus jab. They’ve given me antibiotics for a week. It was Robert Powell for sure, people recognised him.”

The actor, 75, who played Jesus Christ in Jesus of Nazareth in 1977, said he rang the police afterwards to report being verbally abused.

He added: “He was riding an off-road bicycle which is illegal and I told him, ‘You’re not allowed to ride a bike here’.

“He skidded to a halt and all my dog did was yap at him.”

The Metropolitan Police said: “Officers are investigating an allegation of a person allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control in Hampstead Heath Park. There has been no arrest.”

Cycling is not allowed on some of the paths on the Heath – but Mr Wali claims he was able to cycle on the path he was on.

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Mr Powell appeared in Holby City for six series and in the Italian Job[/caption]

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