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Incident happened last Friday on A11 between Wymondham and Attleborough

Police in Norfolk have appealed for witnesses to come forward after a man threw a bike at a car on the A11.

The incident happened last Friday 8 April 2016 at around 1pm, when a woman who was driving from Wymondham to Attleborough saw the man pushing the bike along the road.

According to police, she pulled out to pass him, but as she did so, he threw the bike at her, causing damage to her car. They added that while she wasn’t injured, she was left shocked by the incident.

The man is described as “white, in his 30s with shoulder length hair wearing a red long sleeved fleece and black cycling leggings.”

Anyone who saw the incident or the man pushing a bike along the A11 that day is asked to contact Sergeant Gary Hodges at Thetford Police Station on 101 or the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.  

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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bendertherobot [1484 posts] 1 year ago
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Hmm, random bike throwing. a) it's random b) it's tenous c) it's a horrible thing to do to any bike. Get rid of this sick filth now.

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PeterM [28 posts] 1 year ago
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That guy must be superhuman, or she was going very very slowly indeed.

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brooksby [2792 posts] 1 year ago
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Is this like when people 'throw themselves repeatedly at a wall', officer...? yes

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Wookie [241 posts] 1 year ago
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L.Willo wrote:

Cowardly fuck! Probably a wife beater too. Bet he would never do that to a bloke. That sort never pick on people their own size.

 

Really hope you were being sarcastic. What we have here is a part of a story until the rest of it is reported. i'm not sure I believe one word of it yet.

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Jimmy Ray Will [827 posts] 1 year ago
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Hmmm.... so this man, a cyclist, dressed in cycling clothing, decided to just throw his bike at this womans car, for absolutely no reason?

He was walking along, with his bike, in cycling clothes, waiting for someone who looked vulnerable enough so that he could throw his bike at them?

To me, one of three things have happened here;

1. A cyclist has had a total cycling meltdown and rejected the bike in a most public and violent way... 

2. The driver has told an at best, edited version of events, omitting the part where her actions provoked the cyclist to such an extent he threw his bike at her car. 

3. The driver has knocked off a cyclist, and in the most cynical course of action possible has taken a pre-emptive approach of stating that she has been a victim of road rage.

I am intrigued to see how this one plays out. 

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Mungecrundle [866 posts] 1 year ago
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Why are the Police bothering with asking for actual witnesses, when so many people seem to know just what happened?

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brooksby [2792 posts] 1 year ago
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Maybe he'd just failed to get KOM on his very favourite Strava section due to a flat (hence was walking), and just had a total meltdown about it.  Went home and kicked the cat, too.

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Windydog [67 posts] 1 year ago
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Possibilities are endless, would love to know the cause of this meltdown.   I'm going to idly speculate a bad day, went out for a nice Norfolk country ride, had a mechanical 40 miles from home, walked it back suffering dehydration and lack of will to live, first car in ages offered no help and he had a breakdown.

No excuses for throwing a bike at someone, or their car though.   I've thrown mine down a grass verge once, and regretted it a minute later.

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Pub bike [254 posts] 1 year ago
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Here it is described as a bike thrown into oncoming traffic. The plot thickens...

http://www.norfolk.police.uk/newsandevents/newsstories/2016/april/biketh...

 

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ChrisB200SX [587 posts] 1 year ago
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It's a totally normal thing to do... throw your bike at a random passing car for no apparent reason... happens all the time around here. Suspect one side of this story is not the whole truth.

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Housecathst [617 posts] 1 year ago
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Defenceless ? She was in a ton of metal box.... Also reported that she wasn't injured, so she was defended, by the ton of metal box. 

I got knocked off by a driver who damaged my bike, I was ok, but the driver didn't stop. I reported it to the police but they weren't interested as I wasn't injured. I wish did realised all I had to do was say "I was a bit shocked" and they would have investigated. 

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atgni [442 posts] 1 year ago
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Hmmm! That's a dual carriageway of course!

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ironmancole [357 posts] 1 year ago
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Fair enough really, motorists throw their cars at everyone day in day out do they not?

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giff77 [1288 posts] 1 year ago
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atgni wrote:

Hmmm! That's a dual carriageway of course!

As atgni  says. Duel carriageway. Actually one of the better ones. There's footpaths in places as well as a reasonably flat grass verge. Also drain gullyies and the hard shoulder is reasonably wide enough to allow a pedestrian to walk in safety where the footpath doesn't exist. There's a bit more to it than has been reported. As he was walking towards her she had blasted her horn at him resulting in the bike throw?

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webster [49 posts] 1 year ago
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"she was left shocked by the incident".

Sounds more like she was aiming straight at him and swerved away at the last second to "teach him a lesson". I'm inclined to agree with giff77. Sounds more like he was retaliating at an aggressive driver.

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Pub bike [254 posts] 1 year ago
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giff77 wrote:

Duel carriageway.

Exactly!  Swords at dawn etc.