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Incident happened in Staines-upon-Thames last month; cyclist escaped without serious injuries

Surrey Police say they have arrested a man on suspicion of attempted murder after an incident last in which a car was deliberately driven at a cyclist.

The 25-year-old man was being held in police custody while inquiries continued, according to a statement issued by the force on Wednesday.

The incident took place near Thickthorne Lane, Staines-upon-Thames at around 2.30pm on Thursday 24 July, and led to police making house to house inquiries as they sought to track down the driver of the Jeep Cherokee involved.

At the time, police said that the motorist chased the rider down an alleyway before driving the vehicle straight at him, striking him then reversing over him before driving away at high speed.

The cyclist, a local man aged in his twenties, suffered only minor injuries to his arms, shoulder and torso, for which he was treated at Chertsey’s St Peter’s Hospital.

In an initial appeal, Detective Constable Jack Yearwood said: "This is clearly a very concerning incident where a young cyclist has been the victim of a shocking and violent attack.

"Fortunately the victim suffered only minor injuries as a result of the incident but he is understandably very shaken by what happened and this attack could easily have resulted in a tragic outcome.”

Police would still like to hear from anyone who saw the incident or has further information but has not yet come forward, and can be contacted on 101, quoting reference 45140061919.

Alternatively, people can contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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jacknorell [969 posts] 2 years ago
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Well done to the police. Yes, this is the appropriate crime to nail the mouthbreathing pondscum for.

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Ramuz [250 posts] 2 years ago
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Thank you, Surrey Police, for treating this attack for what it is.

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pjc67 [36 posts] 2 years ago
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Possibly not even a cycling story. Reads to me like attempted murder of a man who happened to be on a bike by another man who chose to use a car as the weapon. The offence suggests a degree of pre-meditation to me.

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Simon_MacMichael [2479 posts] 2 years ago
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pjc67 wrote:

Possibly not even a cycling story. Reads to me like attempted murder of a man who happened to be on a bike by another man who chose to use a car as the weapon. The offence suggests a degree of pre-meditation to me.

Bit of a leap given the limited facts that have so far been made available (though if I were guessing, the fact it took a fortnight from the incident to the arrest suggests the victim and the man arrested did not know each other.

By the way, to establish a charge of murder (or attempted murder), the "malice aforethought" element (which I'm guessing is what you mean by "pre-meditation") is established by case law as meaning intention to kill or intention to cause GBH.

So if someone drives a car at you deliberately meaning to hurt you, that element is satisfied.

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toothache90 [40 posts] 2 years ago
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All good and well but let's see what the CPS decide to do! The usual dangerous driving, year ban, and paltry fine. All due to his circumstances.

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Distinctive Rob [5 posts] 2 years ago
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I live in Staines. Sad as it sounds, it doesnt surprise me that one of the fetid, knuckledragging inhabitants would do this...

(Needless to say, I intend to leave Staines soon...)

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TerreyHill [14 posts] 2 years ago
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[/quote]By the way, to establish a charge of murder (or attempted murder), the "malice aforethought" element (which I'm guessing is what you mean by "pre-meditation") is established by case law as meaning intention to kill or intention to cause GBH.

So if someone drives a car at you deliberately meaning to hurt you, that element is satisfied.[/quote]

Not quite accurate. To prove a charge of attempted murder, it's necessary to prove an intention to kill, not just an intention to cause GBH (as with murder). That's why attempted murder is such a hard charge to prove.

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Mias_dad [3 posts] 2 years ago
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I'm no legal expert, but surely driving a car at someone is intent to endanger life? What did the driver think would happen when he ran the guy over, then reversed to run over him again? Surely that proves he was attempting to seriously injure the chap, and therefore attempted murder?

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jacknorell [969 posts] 2 years ago
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We definitely need to redefine the use of a car as a weapon as assault with a deadly weapon. Because it is.

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TerreyHill [14 posts] 2 years ago
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Mias_dad wrote:

I'm no legal expert, but surely driving a car at someone is intent to endanger life? What did the driver think would happen when he ran the guy over, then reversed to run over him again? Surely that proves he was attempting to seriously injure the chap, and therefore attempted murder?

No it wouldn't - proving that someone was attempting to seriously injure someone else isn't enough to prove a charge of attempted murder. Attempted murder requires proof of a specific intent to kill, which is a very high barrier to put in front of a jury to secure a conviction (and which is why a charge of causing GBH with intent is often preferred by the CPS).

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duc888 [40 posts] 2 years ago
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Thickthorne Lane
thats in the middle of council estate territory where those that have bought their own ex-council house like to call it Laleham so they can add an air of distinction to their hovel

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ronin [279 posts] 2 years ago
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Well, if someone rolled over me with a car, I'd want to roll over them with a similar car. I'm not sure how I could get satisfaction from a court of law.

I know some will disagree, but we are not talking about an accident after all.

Apart from how lucky this guy was to not be dead, a guy on a bike might just not ride for a while and be OK with that (well not OK but you know what I mean), but If he was really a cyclist, I mean an obsessive cyclist, he would be wary of being back on his bike. That's why I'd want to roll over him!