Police are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist abused a driver, reached into his car and stole his keys. The apparent road rage incident took place at around midday on Sunday December 13 in Christchurch in Dorset.
The Western Daily Press reports that a man in his sixties was driving a green Fiat Punto along Bridge Street toward the town centre and had stopped in traffic when he was approached by the cyclist.
The cyclist was said to have been shouting and behaving aggressively toward the driver. He then leant through the car window and took the keys from the ignition before cycling off. The driver also sustained a minor injury to his face, including a small cut under his eye, where the cyclist reportedly hit him.
The suspect is described as a white man in his 30s and of slim build, wearing black fitted cycling gear with a wide blue horizontal band across his lower back and cycling glasses.
He was cycling alongside another male cyclist who was wearing black cycling gear with yellow markings on it who was not involved in the incident.
Police Constable Peter Simpson, of East Dorset police, said:
“I am able to release a photo of the suspect and ask anyone who recognises him from his clothing or bike to contact me.
“I am also keen to speak with the man cycling alongside him as his information may help us with our enquiries.
“I would urge anyone who witnessed the incident, or who saw the cyclists in the area, to please call me. All calls will be treated in strict confidence.”
Anyone with information should contact Dorset Police on 101 quoting incident number 13:179. Alternatively, you can speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.