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Suspect to be summonsed after Essex road rage attack on cyclist

Public order offence alleged after driver appeared to assault cyclist

A man is to be summonsed to appear before a court over an incident captured by a cyclist's helmet camera in December in which a van driver appeared to assault the cyclist after he was knocked off his bike by the van.

Asked for an update on the case, the Metropolitan police in Havering tweeted: "The suspect in this matter has been charged with a public order offence".

 

 

 

 

After a Metropolitan Police spokesman said there had in fact been no charges, Havering MPS later clarified, telling road.cc: "The matter has been dealt with by summons. Will still be attending court."

A video of the incident went viral on social media last week and has now been viewed almost 350,000 times. If you missed it, here it is again:

According to the date stamp on the video, the incident took place on December 5 last year.

The video was posted to youTube by the cyclist involved, then taken down and reposted by another YouTube user.

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

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said Friday 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.

After the video went viral and was featured on national newspaper websites and the BBC, a police spokesman said: "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."

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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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