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Oxford cyclist pelted with stones from white van in city centre - and forced to run away

Police appeal for witnesses to 'dangerous and cowardly attack'...

An Oxford cyclist was chased through the city centre by a white van man who threw stones at him until he ran away on foot.

The 27-year old cyclist was near the junction joining Longwall Street and High Street on August 1 at 12.15pm when the Oxford Rentals branded van came alongside him and an occupant began to throw stones at him.

When the cyclist tried to take pictures of the driver and passenger with his phone, the driver got out to attempt to take away the phone.

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Thames Valley Police said that the van driver, who was described as in his thirties with dark hair, then chased the victim, who escaped by running towards Magdalen Bridge.

The cyclist was unhurt in the incident.

PC Sarah Watts, said: “This assault happened in the middle of the day in the centre of Oxford, and it’s likely that a number of people will have seen this dangerous and cowardly attack.”

Any witnesses can call 101 to report the incident.

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.

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