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
Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.
Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.
Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.
The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.