Witnesses sought to assaults involving cyclists in Aberdeen & Oxford - one a victim, the other a suspect

Van driver sought in connection with Aberdeen incident, while in Oxford police seek cyclist who attacked motorist with his bike lock

by Simon_MacMichael   June 17, 2013  

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Police in Oxford and Aberdeen have appealed for witnesses in relation to separate instances in which cyclists were involved in an alleged assault – in one of them as the victim, in the other as the suspect.

Police Scotland are looking for the occupant of a white van, possibly a Ford Transit, whom they say was the perpetrator of a “particularly nasty assault” on a male cyclist in Auchinyell Road, Garthdee, Aberdeen last Friday morning just after 8.30am.

The 51-year-old cyclist suffered facial injuries, and the van occupant – it is unclear whether he was the driver – is described as white, aged 20-25, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall with short, fair hair and a muscular build. He was dressed in a light coloured top, trousers and trainers.

Constable Craig Smith from Aberdeen City Division's Alcohol and Violence Reduction Unit commented: "This was a particularly nasty assault on the victim who was cycling towards South Anderson Drive.

"I'm appealing to anyone who witnessed this incident, or may have seen two men arguing in the street at that time in the morning to get in touch with us.

"I particularly want to speak to anyone who was near the Ramsay shops or waiting at the bus stop on Auchinyell Road near to the old Copper Beech pub.

“Finally I would ask anyone who saw a white van in the Garthdee area on Friday morning to contact us."

Witnesses, or anyone with information that could help trace the van occupant, is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Meanwhile, Thames Valley Police are looking for a cyclist whom they say used his bike lock to assault a motorist in Oxford on Saturday afternoon at around 5pm.

According to police, the incident happened after the driver and cyclist had a near miss as the former’s vehicle exited the University of Oxford’s site on Parks Road.

The driver suffered head injuries for which he had to be treated at the city’s John Radcliffe Hospital, and his car was also damaged.

According to Sergeant Sgt Matthew Sulley from Oxford City Centre, “Police are following a number of leads. This attack was brutal and the aggrieved required hospital treatment for his injuries.

“We would like anyone who witnessed the incident to contact us as soon as possible. Thankfully this type of incident is rare in Oxford and it certainly will not be tolerated.”

Anyone who has information is requested to call Investigating Officer PC Matthew Leney on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
It’s unclear whether the cyclist was on the road, or on the shared use path on the footway that the driver would have to cross to exit the site, home to a number of the university’s science faculty buildings.

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I know its wrong but the more than once I've wanted to give someone a clip (okay, beat the crap outta them) for bullying me with a car, seems to me that someone got a bit cocky in a car and came off worse for it!! Thinking

Maybe they should be a crime of careless use of a bike lock which had much more lenient sentencing compared with common assault.

posted by mrchrispy [281 posts]
18th June 2013 - 10:54

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There is probably a lot more to the oxford story than we know, I wonder what the driver was doing before hand, probably tailgating, using his horn etc.

As for a 25 year old man attacking a 51 year old, that's just coward behaviour.

posted by northstar [1083 posts]
18th June 2013 - 12:05

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northstar wrote:
There is probably a lot more to the oxford story than we know, I wonder what the driver was doing before hand, probably tailgating, using his horn etc.

Did you read the article at all before your spectacular leap into that particular assumption???

"after the driver and cyclist had a near miss as the former’s vehicle exited the University of Oxford’s site on Parks Road"

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posted by STATO [409 posts]
18th June 2013 - 12:30

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The difficulty with reporting these stories is that often, it's impossible to get a picture of what may have happened without being familiar with the area.

As it happens, having lived in or near Oxford for the past decade, I know Parks Road very well and assuming the cyclist was on the shared use path - see the last paragraph of the article - it doesn't surprise me there was a near miss.

What we can't say of course from the facts made public is whether that was because of factors such as the driver looking to go straight across, moving out too far because he needed to see, the cyclist riding too fast for the location, or a combination of those.

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [7843 posts]
18th June 2013 - 13:01

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The Abredeen one has only just made the STV news here, despite happening last Friday.

From the news it says the guy is still in hospital with serious facial injuries.

They are looking for a white van, that is or similar to a Fiat Doblo

No mention of a Ford Transit Thinking

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posted by Gkam84 [8645 posts]
18th June 2013 - 18:20

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Simon_MacMichael wrote:
As it happens, having lived in or near Oxford for the past decade, I know Parks Road very well and assuming the cyclist was on the shared use path - see the last paragraph of the article - it doesn't surprise me there was a near miss.

Simon your description does conjure up a bit more of a scenario for us. Perhaps this fella was give a fright one too many times and some unlucky sod had it taken out on his head and car.
This is what I dislike about the recent plans for 'Dutch' style off road lanes in Manchester. Any shared use or off road lane is just an accident waiting to happen with pedestrians walking across them at any moment and the bike lane having its right of way disappearing every few hundred yards when it crosses a side street.

Between the S and the LOW

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posted by bikeboy76 [1161 posts]
18th June 2013 - 21:03

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