Police seek white van man who shot cyclist

Incident in Kent: Perp had 'distinctive light coloured hair'

by Sarah Barth   July 6, 2012  

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Police in Kent are seeking a man with 'distinctive light coloured hair' who shot a cyclist from his van last week.

The rider, a 39-year-old man, was riding in the direction of Rye at 5.15 pm on Thursday 28 June about a mile and a half from Appledore village.

He noticed a white van travelling in the opposite direction which slowed down, then the driver pointed what looked like an air pistol at him.

He shot the cyclist and drove off, leaving him shaken and with a wound to his right arm.

PC Justin Farrow, investigating the incident said: "I would particularly like to hear from anyone who has been involved in a similar incident, or who may have been in the area at the time this happened.

"This could have been so much worse, had the pellet hit the cyclist in the eye."

The van is described as a white coloured Vauxhall Astravan, with alloy multi-spoke wheels, and possibly tinted glass windows. The driver was male, with distinctive light coloured hair.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC Farrow on 101 quoting ref ZY/17759/12.

Alternatively if you have information but wish to remain anonymous call Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Thanks for the photo credit. Useful to know.

posted by Yennings [233 posts]
6th July 2012 - 7:13


Notice where it's parked though!


posted by MartinAC [3 posts]
6th July 2012 - 8:09


Why do we expect any action from an organisation that doesn't even know how to stop at an advanced stop box?

posted by JohnS [198 posts]
6th July 2012 - 8:26


The yellow spoTs mean theyre armed. I'm not going to argue with them in an ASL.

Also: Met not Kent

posted by phillprice [19 posts]
6th July 2012 - 9:02


Re box - if you are in it when the lights change you are ok, it's only *entering* it on a red light is illegal - a situation the police are completely aware of, of course Wink

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posted by alotronic [418 posts]
6th July 2012 - 9:12


The red car means it is the diplomatic protection squad. Very armed. And probably very bored - driving into the ASL box is probably the most action they get most days.


posted by Edgeley [243 posts]
6th July 2012 - 9:50


Some d**head in a white van shoots an innocent member of the public and all you lot are bothered about is where the feckin' police car's parked Surprise Get a grip!!!

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posted by cavasta [220 posts]
6th July 2012 - 11:45

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It's just an archive picture, people; calm down and look at the words instead of the pictures.

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice...

posted by notfastenough [3723 posts]
6th July 2012 - 12:10


"Perp had 'distinctive light coloured hair'"

Who writes this stuff? JUDGE DREDD??

We all know your average White Van Man is a T•••er anyway don't we...?

Me, Myself and I

posted by phax71 [325 posts]
6th July 2012 - 12:27


notfastenough wrote:
It's just an archive picture, people; calm down and look at the words instead of the pictures.

Yeah, but we don't even use a gavel in this country....

posted by farrell [1949 posts]
6th July 2012 - 13:28


I cycle to this station every day and drive by shootings are not an every day occurrence. In fact most crimes are pretty rare (getting scared by a numpty passing you at 60mph leaving a gap of 30cm - much more common).

Realise that Appledore seems a long way away to urban folk (and it is in Kent not in Devon). If you are struck by car or shot at, it is a long wait for a passer by to help you and even longer wait for an ambulance (22miles to nearest hospital)

Guy was lucky, looks like my helmet cam will be needed here rather than in London.


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posted by robbieC [62 posts]
7th July 2012 - 0:18

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Some strange people in the wilds of Kent. Been shot at with airguns on three seperate occasions, but those were all years ago and not in Kent.


posted by OldRidgeback [2586 posts]
7th July 2012 - 22:00


I had a group of teens in a car throw eggs at me once at the time I thought I was hard done by but reading this I realise that there are worse things that can happen and like RobbieC (unfortunately 30mm is nearer the norm by me) I wear a helmet cam on virtually all my jaunts out.


posted by FATBEGGARONABIKE [734 posts]
8th July 2012 - 8:51