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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 road.cc 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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BikerBob | 10 years ago
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Not my usual read however happened to glance at the Daily Telegraph today they were describing it a "Benny Hill" incident; like something from one of his comedy shows!

I doubt the victims feel the same way  39

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Simon_MacMichael replied to BikerBob | 10 years ago
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BikerBob wrote:

Not my usual read however happened to glance at the Daily Telegraph today they were describing it a "Benny Hill" incident; like something from one of his comedy shows!

I doubt the victims feel the same way  39

The Daily Mail - we read it so you don't have to  3 - took a similar approach today.

They also said all three cyclists were female... although our report, based on the initial local report, has it as one male, one female and one in which no details of the cyclist available.

Not sure where the three female cyclists suddenly comes from...

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PhilRuss | 10 years ago
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[[[[ If I lived in the area I'd carry something like a snooker ball, to use as a projectile...nice dent in the body-work, or, with luck, shattered rear window...
P.R.

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drfabulous0 | 10 years ago
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Why don't you just go round his house and slap his arse then?

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mrchrispy | 10 years ago
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if you know this guy does this then report him to the police but dont post the details up on here!

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tired old fart replied to mrchrispy | 10 years ago
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He has been reported several times for his behaviour he has calmed down of late but that does not excuse him of his past behaviour (I have scares due to his actions)the police do shit all they have a chat with him interview him and let him go end of. He recieves no punnishment. If you escalate a complaint about the police investigation you get laughed at and it goes no further the best I can do is warn everyone I can of his behaviour if I had his phone number I would post that the data protection act 1998 protects personal information from people who have no just reason for having it this guy hates cyclists you people have every right to know who he is.

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KiyoTatsu | 10 years ago
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Maybe the CPS should stick a sentence of attempted murder on anyone who gets caught doing it. A life sentence would give the attackers plenty of time to consider how stupid they were  39

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notfastenough | 10 years ago
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No doubt they think this is harmless fun...  14

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Sedgepeat replied to notfastenough | 10 years ago
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notfastenough wrote:

No doubt they think this is harmless fun... X If the cycle was invented tommorrow, it would be seen as the solution, not the problem(

Quite the reverse in MHO. The idea of unprotected exposed people mingling & mixing with large pieces of essential machinery on the move, operated by people of very basic intelligence & ability, as in this case, would be shunned as a bad idea & not allowed on the roads. It's because cycling was in it's heydey of usefulness in the first part of the last century, like riding horses in the road too, that the realisation hasn't caught on yet.

I take it upright sedate roadster riding isn't attracting the same sort of idiocy from such lunatics so it may be an attack on a cycling style in this case, whereas the other event may have been after some sort of altercation. Neither is excusable but it is essential to establish the mindset in both cases never the less. We mustn't just content ourselves with their apprehension & conviction as there maybe a much bigger underlying problem

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