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CSI Bromsgrove: Police appeal for help in finding cyclist's attacker... um, try Google Maps?

Newspaper website reader helps point officers in the right direction

Police in Worcestershire have issued an appeal for information to help identify a van driver who attacked a cyclist in Bromsgrove last week – and one enterprising web user appears to have left officers flat footed by quickly identifying what appears to be the suspect’s employers using nothing more sophisticated than a basic Google Maps search.

The incident took place last Monday 22 March at around 6.30pm when the cyclist, who police say is in his 20s, was cycling along St Godwald’s Road heading for Tardebrigge when a van tried to overtake him.

The driver, unable to pass the cyclist, apparently began beeping the horn in frustration, but after the bike rider pulled over to allow it to pass, the van braked and stopped in front of him, with something thrown at the cyclist from the van as he rode by, hitting him on the head.

The Bromsgrove Advertiser reported that police were trying to trace the van involved in the incident, described as being “a white Ford Connect with large lettering on the side of it, possibly including the letters CCS and some smaller letters, which may have included the words ‘law enforcement’.”

The driver was said to be aged in his thirties and bald, while the van’s passenger was described as being younger and having short, spiky hair.

PC Sam Peterson of West Mercia Police told the newspaper: “Fortunately the cyclist was wearing a helmet and so was not injured as a result of this incident. Nevertheless, it’s important that we identify those involved and we’re appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident, recalls seeing the van in the Aston Fields area or feels they may know who this is from the description given, to get in touch with us.”

The first comment on the story seems to go a long way towards helping the police solve the ‘mystery.’ Made by a reader called Bobby J, it said: “Using Google Maps to search for "CCS near St Godwalds Road" returns the following result: "CCS Enforcement Services, 10, The Croft, Buntsford Drive, Stoke Heath, Bromsgrove B60 4JE 01527 572000‎". Perhaps the Police would be well advised to direct their enquiries towards this organisation.”

Thanks to reader Gandberg for the spot!

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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