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Cyclist punched repeatedly by motorist in road rage incident

Police say the cyclist was pulled from his bike and assaulted on a busy road during rush hour in Northampton

Police in Northampton have appealed for witnesses after a cyclist was pulled from his bike and attacked by a motorist during a road rage incident in Northampton last week.

Officers say the driver, described as a stocky white man in his late 30s or early 40s and wearing a white vest top and jogging bottoms, punched the cyclist repeatedly in the head following a reported rush hour row on the busy Mill Lane between the suburbs of Kingsthorpe and Dallington.

The cyclist’s bike was also damaged during the confrontation, which occurred around 8am on 15 June.

“Between 7.50am and 8.05am a cyclist was pulled off his bicycle at the entrance of Thornton Park following an incident with the driver of a silver SEAT Alhambra in Mill Lane,” a Northamptonshire Police spokesperson said.

“Once on the ground, the driver got on top of the cyclist and repeatedly punched him, causing minor injuries to both his head and face.

“The bicycle also sustained damage during the incident.

“Officers believe the road may have been busy at this time of day and would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed or captured the incident on dashcam footage to contact them.”

Anyone with information can call Northamptonshire Police on 101, citing incident number 22000343740, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Ryan joined as a news writer in December 2021. He has written about cycling and some ball-centric sports for various websites, newspapers, magazines and radio. Before returning to writing about cycling full-time, he completed a PhD in History and published a book and numerous academic articles on religion and politics in Victorian Britain and Ireland (though he remained committed to boring his university colleagues and students with endless cycling trivia). He can be found riding his bike very slowly through the Dromara Hills of Co. Down.

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