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Driver who deliberately knocked cyclist from bike jailed for 16 months (+ video)

Ashley Merrett was sentenced today following incident caught on camera in Colchester in May 2016

A driver who deliberately knocked a cyclist from his bike in Colchester last year has been jailed for 16 months.

Ashley Merrett, aged 30 and from West Bergholt, pleaded guilty at Ipswich Crown Court last December to actual bodily harm, dangerous driving and common assault in connection with the incident in May 2016.

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Footage released by Essex Police following his trial showed the cyclist riding with a friend on North Station Road when Merrett braked suddenly.

The rider made a gesture in protest, whereupon Merrett, who was driving a Ford Mondeo, swerved into him.

The cyclist was knocked from his bike and sustained minor injuries.

His riding companion tried to flag down Merrett and he too was targeted by the driver, although he managed to avoid being hit.

Merrett drove off but was arrested by police later the same day.

He was sentenced today, reports the Daily Gazette, and besides the custodial sentence was also banned by Judge Rupert Overbury from driving for two years and eight months.

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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