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Man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after hit-and-run attack on Surrey cyclist

Incident happened in Staines-upon-Thames last month; cyclist escaped without serious injuries

Surrey Police say they have arrested a man on suspicion of attempted murder after an incident last in which a car was deliberately driven at a cyclist.

The 25-year-old man was being held in police custody while inquiries continued, according to a statement issued by the force on Wednesday.

The incident took place near Thickthorne Lane, Staines-upon-Thames at around 2.30pm on Thursday 24 July, and led to police making house to house inquiries as they sought to track down the driver of the Jeep Cherokee involved.

At the time, police said that the motorist chased the rider down an alleyway before driving the vehicle straight at him, striking him then reversing over him before driving away at high speed.

The cyclist, a local man aged in his twenties, suffered only minor injuries to his arms, shoulder and torso, for which he was treated at Chertsey’s St Peter’s Hospital.

In an initial appeal, Detective Constable Jack Yearwood said: "This is clearly a very concerning incident where a young cyclist has been the victim of a shocking and violent attack.

"Fortunately the victim suffered only minor injuries as a result of the incident but he is understandably very shaken by what happened and this attack could easily have resulted in a tragic outcome.”

Police would still like to hear from anyone who saw the incident or has further information but has not yet come forward, and can be contacted on 101, quoting reference 45140061919.

Alternatively, people can contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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