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Incident happened in Angmering, West Sussex in May

 

A driver who “used his vehicle like a weapon” to force a cyclist off the road in West Sussex, causing injuries to his hand, has been banned from driving for six months.

The rider, Howard Crompton, uploaded footage of the incident after the motorist, who also received seven points on his licence and was fined a total of £690, was convicted of careless driving.

The incident happened in May as Mr Crompton was finishing a ride in Angmering, near Worthing.

A couple of minutes after the driver of a black Mercedes 4x4 had attempted a failed overtake, he caught up with the cyclist on a short hill.

With his horn blaring as he approached the cyclist from behind, the driver cut across him, forcing him into a wall and drove off without stopping.

Mr Crompton, who captured front- and rear-facing footage of the incident, told road.cc that initially he felt “gobsmacked” at his experience which left him “shaken.”

He said: “I was gobsmacked it happened at first within the first few minutes.

“Once I was home and I had the call to 999 I was left shaken.

“I was really upset by it as I thought about it. If the wall/bush wasn't there then who knows where I would have ended up.

“My right hand was trapped on my handlebars by the passenger side so I had bruising on my hands for a few days.

“It really bothered me and still does as i never knew if I'd see him again driving around,” he added.

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.