Van passenger pushes Kent cyclist off bike

Incident happened in Frittenden on Sunday afternoon and left victim with cut chin

A van passenger pushed a cyclist from his bike in a village in Kent, leaving the victim with a cut chin.

The incident happened at around 2pm last Sunday afternoon in Water Lane, Frittenden, which lies midway between Tunbridge Wells and Ashford.

It was witnessed by a woman, whose partner Iain Morris recounted what she had seen to Kent Online.

"My other half was on her way to the stable yard to see her horse and go riding,” he said.

"As she was looking to turn left into the driveway she noticed a cyclist and behind him was a white van.

"She didn't think much of it but she looked in her rear view mirror and the guy was sticking out of the passenger side of the van.

"She realised they were going to push the cyclist and they shoved him into the ditch."

The victim was a man aged in his sixties, while the van was described as a Volkswagen Transporter with a roof rack.

"He was very shaken up and my other half helped him out of the ditch and he was bleeding from his chin,” Mr Morris continued.

"What those people in the van did was very reckless and it could have injured that gentleman.

"You see something like this and it is terribly funny for the occupants of the vehicle but it can have a long-term effect on someone.

"Fortunately this man picked himself up but who's to say the injury couldn't come out in the next 24 hours?"

It was not reported whether police had been notified of the incident.

According to Kent Online, similar incidents have been reported in nearby Marden.

Besides vehicle occupants pushing cyclists off their bikes, with footage sometimes posted to social media, there have been two instances in the same Surrey town in recent months of a driver deliberately knocking a cyclist over.

This week, Surrey Police issued an appeal for information in connection one such incident believed to have happened last year, with footage shot by a passenger subsequently uploaded to Instagram.

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.

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