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Police in Cumbria seek witnesses after 3 cyclists slapped by car passenger in separate incidents

Cumbria Constabulary warn that incidents near Barrow could have led to serious injury

Police in Cumbria have issued a witness appeal following three separate incidents last Monday 15 April in which the passenger of a car leant out of the window to slap cyclists across the backside. Officers have warned that the assaults could have led to serious injury, with a female cyclist who was targeted losing control of her bike.

In another of the three incidents, a male cyclist was the victim, and Cumbria Constabulary say that the same vehicle – a black car with two male youths inside – was involved in all three attacks, reports the website In Cumbria, which added that no details were available of the third incident.

In each case, the cyclists were riding towards Barrow-in-Furness and the vehicle drove off in that direction. Anyone with information or who witnessed the incidents is asked to contact Barrow police on 101 or the charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

As we reported yesterday, Thames Valley Police have arrested four men from the Swindon area following a similar incident last week in Oxford in which a man leant out of a car and pushed a cyclist off his bike.

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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