Twitter users have expressed their astonishment at the failure of Essex Police to bring charges against a motorist filmed knocking a cyclist off his bike then getting out of his car and assaulting the rider.
The incident took place on Saturday 14 October in Newcomen Way, Colchester as cyclist Wolf Simpson made his way to a local bike shop.
A tweet of some of the footage posted by Evo Lucas has been retweeted hundreds of times and attracted hundreds of comments,
— Evo Lucas (@veloevol) December 16, 2017
The driver appears to speed up as he approaches the cyclist, despite a lorry parked on the right restricting the available width of the road.
He passes the rider very closely, then turns around and uses his vehicle to knock the cyclist from his bike, then exits his vehicle and physically attacks him.
Mr Simpson posted the full video to YouTube, and in a text commentary to it says that afterwards, “I called 999 for the attempt on my life and the assault.”
“At first the person on the phone [was] shocked and more concerned of any injuries to me, which thankfully [there] weren’t any to worry about.
“The helmet took all the blows from the driver’s fists and I got minor bruising on hip after being hit with the car.
But he said: “Despite the video footage, Essex Police decided to take no further action on the driver for his dangerous driving due to ‘insufficient evidence’.”
“Despite the footage clearly showing the driver deliberately getting out of his car and assault[ing] me with attempt to do harm, no charges given as the helmet took all the blows and no injuries to me despite the driver admitting he did assault me.”
He said that “All they [police] did do is get him to pay for damages [to the bike] through ‘community resolution’.”
He added: “I had no say in this at all, it was done and dusted by the time I received the letter from Essex Police and told where to collect the money.”
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.