"We will take action against those who make such claims" say police...

A motorist who tweeted that she had hit a cyclist on her way to work has been sacked, despite the rider involved not making a complaint.

On March 22, a Twitter user with the handle @_hxrleyquinn posted: "I just knocked a cyclist off his bike with my wing mirror I was driving like 10mph I didn't stop coz he got up?"

Twitter's cycling community reacted strongly, urging police forces to track down the tweeter and have a word.

The user subsequently changed her Twitter handle and deleted the tweet, but not before her name and employer had been identified from her own tweets, and complaints made to her employer.

Yesterday Surrey Roads Police tweeted:

However, as with some previous similar cases, no rider has come forward to complain.

Surrey Roads Police added:

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.