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Video: Liverpool bus driver filmed putting cyclist in headlock

Incident happened outside University of Liverpool halls of residence in Mossley Hill

Footage has emerged online of a bus driver in Liverpool wrestling with a cyclist and putting him in a headlock.


The video, posted to YouTube, was filmed from a window in the University of Liverpool’s Carnatic Halls complex in the Mossley Hill area of the city.

The footage was reportedly originally posted to YouTube in February, but received attention this week after being posted to student website The Tab.

The driver of the number 699 Arriva bus can be heard to ask the cyclist, “do you want me to let go?” several times.

Struggling to get free after the driver put him in a headlock, the cyclist shouts, “Let go, I said let go,” to which the reply comes, “Are you going to pack it in?”

The pair then get to their feet, with the driver getting back in his bus and the cyclist retrieving his bike before pedalling off.

According to the Mirror, a spokesman for Arriva has said that the company’s depot is aware of the incident, and that the driver claimed the cyclist had thrown his bike at the vehicle.

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