UPDATED: Essex road rage van driver hands himself in, but cyclist declines to press charges

Metropolitan police investigating incident in Hornchurch

On the day that a man handed himself in to police after a video of an altercation between a van driver and a cyclist went viral on social media, it has emerged that the cyclist involved had aleady reported the incident to the police.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said that the force was made aware of the incident on December 8. No allegation of crime was made and no further action was taken.

When police in Havering became aware of the video, Havering CID spoke to the cyclist involved, but he told them he did not want to pursue the case.

In the video, the cyclist falls off his bike after the van is used to close the gap between the vehicle and the kerb.

The driver of the van then emerges and appears to assault the rider.

From the decals on its side, the van has been widely identified as belonging to Taylor Landscaping, based in Ramsden Heath, Essex.

A road.cc reader yesterday identified the location of the incident as Hornchurch.

A spokesman for Essex Police told the Echo News: "A man has voluntarily attended a Chelmsford Police station this morning to give an account of the incident.

“It has now been established that this incident took place in the Hornchurch area and the matter has been passed to the Met police to investigate.”

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "On December 8, 2014, police were made aware of a personal injury collision between a cyclist and a van.

"The incident occurred on December 5, 2014, in Butts Green Road, Emerson Park, Havering at approximately 11:40hrs.

"No allegation of crime was made and no further action was taken was taken by police.

"On Friday, 16 January 2015, Havering police became aware of a YouTube video which appeared to show a cyclist being assaulted.

"Havering CID spoke to the cyclist. He informed police that he did not wish to pursue any further allegations.
On Friday, 16 January a 34-year-old man attended an east London police station and was interviewed under caution.

"Enquiries continue."

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.

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