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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.

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notfastenough [3719 posts] 4 years ago
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No doubt they think this is harmless fun...  14

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KiyoTatsu [3 posts] 4 years ago
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Maybe the CPS should stick a sentence of attempted murder on anyone who gets caught doing it. A life sentence would give the attackers plenty of time to consider how stupid they were  39

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mrchrispy [487 posts] 4 years ago
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if you know this guy does this then report him to the police but dont post the details up on here!

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tired old fart [77 posts] 4 years ago
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He has been reported several times for his behaviour he has calmed down of late but that does not excuse him of his past behaviour (I have scares due to his actions)the police do shit all they have a chat with him interview him and let him go end of. He recieves no punnishment. If you escalate a complaint about the police investigation you get laughed at and it goes no further the best I can do is warn everyone I can of his behaviour if I had his phone number I would post that the data protection act 1998 protects personal information from people who have no just reason for having it this guy hates cyclists you people have every right to know who he is.

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drfabulous0 [408 posts] 4 years ago
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Why don't you just go round his house and slap his arse then?

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Sedgepeat [93 posts] 4 years ago
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notfastenough wrote:

No doubt they think this is harmless fun... X If the cycle was invented tommorrow, it would be seen as the solution, not the problem(

Quite the reverse in MHO. The idea of unprotected exposed people mingling & mixing with large pieces of essential machinery on the move, operated by people of very basic intelligence & ability, as in this case, would be shunned as a bad idea & not allowed on the roads. It's because cycling was in it's heydey of usefulness in the first part of the last century, like riding horses in the road too, that the realisation hasn't caught on yet.

I take it upright sedate roadster riding isn't attracting the same sort of idiocy from such lunatics so it may be an attack on a cycling style in this case, whereas the other event may have been after some sort of altercation. Neither is excusable but it is essential to establish the mindset in both cases never the less. We mustn't just content ourselves with their apprehension & conviction as there maybe a much bigger underlying problem

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PhilRuss [391 posts] 4 years ago
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[[[[ If I lived in the area I'd carry something like a snooker ball, to use as a projectile...nice dent in the body-work, or, with luck, shattered rear window...
P.R.

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BikerBob [120 posts] 4 years ago
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Not my usual read however happened to glance at the Daily Telegraph today they were describing it a "Benny Hill" incident; like something from one of his comedy shows!

I doubt the victims feel the same way  39

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Simon_MacMichael [2479 posts] 4 years ago
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BikerBob wrote:

Not my usual read however happened to glance at the Daily Telegraph today they were describing it a "Benny Hill" incident; like something from one of his comedy shows!

I doubt the victims feel the same way  39

The Daily Mail - we read it so you don't have to  3 - took a similar approach today.

They also said all three cyclists were female... although our report, based on the initial local report, has it as one male, one female and one in which no details of the cyclist available.

Not sure where the three female cyclists suddenly comes from...