A cyclist who was reportedly chased by the driver of a white van who knocked him off his bike told a person who went to his aid that the motorist had a gun.
Thames Valley Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which happened in Wokingham, Berkshire between 9.30pm and 10.15pm on the evening of Wednesday 7 September.
The force says that a member of the public saw the white van, which had ladders on its roof, being driving “erratically” on the Wiltshire Road in Elizabeth Park.
The witness said the motorist appeared to be chasing the male cyclist and collided with him, knocking him from his bike and then driving off.
When the person went to check that the cyclist was okay, the rider said, “He’s got a gun,” then got back on his bike and rode off in the direction of Norreys Avenue.
Police say that they were notified of a separate incident that evening that they believe may be linked.
PC Benjamin Taylor of the Wokingham neighbourhood team said: “There was a further report that night of someone in a white van pointing a gun and a knife and driving erratically.
“So we would urge anyone with any information about this van or who might have seen this incident in Wiltshire Road to contact us.”
PC Taylor can be reached through the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101 quoting URN 1796 7/9, or alternatively anyone with information can contact the charity, Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.