After a video of what appears to be a brutal attack on a cyclist by driver of a white van was repeatedly retweeted today, Essex Police would like to hear from the cyclist who shot the clip.
The video, posted to YouTube today by London YouTuber DrMorocho, shows the rider falling off after the van driver closes the gap between the vehicle and the kerb.
The driver then gets out of the van and attacks the rider.
DrMorocho told road.cc the video was originally posted with the handle Barry Jones. That account appears to have been deleted. The date stamp shows the incident as taking place on December 5 2014 at 11:34 am.
Essex Police say they were aware of the video and would like the victim to come forward.
When it was brought to their attention earlier today, Essex Police posted to Twitter:
We're aware of a You Tube video of a cyclist being assaulted + would advise the victim to contact police on 101 so it can be investigated
— Essex Police (@EssexPoliceUK) January 15, 2015
Acknowledged by the Telegraph as a leading cycling journalist, John Stevenson has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.
He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.
Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc editor Tony Farelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.
John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.
He joined road.cc in 2013 and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.