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Cumbria Constabulary warn that incidents near Barrow could have led to serious injury

Police in Cumbria have issued a witness appeal following three separate incidents last Monday 15 April in which the passenger of a car leant out of the window to slap cyclists across the backside. Officers have warned that the assaults could have led to serious injury, with a female cyclist who was targeted losing control of her bike.

In another of the three incidents, a male cyclist was the victim, and Cumbria Constabulary say that the same vehicle – a black car with two male youths inside – was involved in all three attacks, reports the website In Cumbria, which added that no details were available of the third incident.

In each case, the cyclists were riding towards Barrow-in-Furness and the vehicle drove off in that direction. Anyone with information or who witnessed the incidents is asked to contact Barrow police on 101 or the charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

As we reported yesterday, Thames Valley Police have arrested four men from the Swindon area following a similar incident last week in Oxford in which a man leant out of a car and pushed a cyclist off his bike.

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.