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Incident took place in Bristol last month following collision

Police in Bristol have launched an appeal for information after a cyclist allegedly hit a van driver over the head with a bike lock last month.

The incident, which is being treated as suspected grievous bodily harm, happened on Foxcroft Road at the junction of Whitehall Road on Tuesday December 18 at around 12.40pm.  

According to Avon & Somerset Constabulary, after a collision involving the van and bicycle, the driver got out of his vehicle and was then hit over the head by the cyclist with a bike lock.

The cyclist then rode off towards St George Park, and the victim believes a bystander may have chased after him on foot.

In an appeal, please said: “The victim believes that a bystander may have chased the cyclist on foot. Were you in the area at the time? Did you witness this assault? Were you the man who tried to help by chasing the cyclist?”

Anyone who has information is asked to call police on 101 quoting reference number 5218279076 and ask to speak to PC 313 Richichi, or the charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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.