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Police seek motorist who knocked over cyclist in "deliberate act"

Rider taken to hospital with serious head injuries after incident in Southampton involving "old-style" Vauxhall Astra...

Police in Hampshire have appealed for witnesses after a cyclist sustained serious head injuries when he was knocked off his bike by a motorist in what police are treating as a “deliberate” attack.

The 30-year-old rider is currently in hospital following the incident in Southampton on Monday evening at around 10pm.

He was riding with another cyclist when they were tailed through the Shirley Towers estate by the driver of a silver Vauxhall Astra car which had several people inside.

Police said: “The car is believed to have left the road over a grassed area onto Colewell Close and then deliberately made contact with one of the cyclists before leaving the scene at speed in the direction of Sedbergh Road.

“We believe this was a deliberate act and as such are investigating the incident as a serious assault.”

They added: “We believe this silver Astra was seen in this area before 10pm travelling around without any lights on.

“It is described as old-style and having a loud exhaust.”

Police have asked anyone who saw the car, knows who owns it or has other information, to contact them on 101 quoting reference 44170192927 or the charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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