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Road rage motorist assaults cyclist and steals his camera after accusing him of ‘not riding in the bike lane’

65-year-old Glenn Holland suffered a dislocated shoulder and broken arm after being pushed by a driver following a crash on a one-way street

A 65-year-old cyclist was left with a dislocated shoulder and compound fracture to his arm after being assaulted by a motorist, who turned on the cyclist while arguing with another driver about a minor car crash.

Glenn Holland was riding through Alvaston, three miles south-east of Derby, on 19 June when he stumbled upon two drivers engaged in a dispute over a collision that occurred on one of the village’s one-way systems, reports Derbyshire Live.

Holland, a former army medic, claims that as he approached the scene of the incident, one of the motorists accused him of cycling on the road instead of the bike path.

He says the driver then pushed him to the ground, before stealing the camera attached to his bike.

“I was cycling down Holbrook Road on a cycle path, it’s a one-way street. Then I saw a confrontation between two drivers. One of them grabbed me from behind and started on me,” Holland told Derbyshire Live.

“He was quite aggressive and pushed me off my bike. I had to put my right wrist down to stop myself. The man then came back and stole a camera from my bike.”

> Cyclist punched repeatedly by motorist in road rage incident 

As well as ending up without a camera following the incident, Glenn also suffered severe bruising, a compound fracture to his arm and a dislocated shoulder, which required surgically inserted corrective metal pins.

As a result of his injuries, the cyclist was forced to quit his casual job as an undertaker and now struggles to play his much-loved trombone and bass, which he says help with his mental health.

“My treatment has cost the NHS thousands, which I feel guilty about,” he says.

“I did a gig yesterday and although I played trombone to an average level, my bass playing was so difficult which has put me down mentally. I play with The Risley Big Band on trombone and Cranberry Flick on bass and ‘bone, although the bass playing has been severely affected.”

Glenn also told Derbyshire Live that he was left “despondent” after learning that his complaints were being investigated as part of the road traffic collision that occurred just before he arrived on the scene, and not as a separate allegation of assault and theft.

However, Derbyshire Police has since confirmed that the cyclist’s claims will be investigated fully.

“The force is currently investigating the circumstances of the incident – including all reports made by the victim which include reports of careless driving, assault, and theft,” a spokesperson said.

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Owd Big 'Ead | 1 year ago

Alvaston, the shitiest, shithole of Derby.
I lived there for 18 months some 5 years ago.
Boy racers abound and casual violence is an everyday occurrence.
Nothing from the original story surprises me in the slightest, pretty much par for the course for the area. There's definitely a higher proportion of "special" people in the locale than you'd otherwise find.

OldRidgeback | 1 year ago

I hope his attacker gets a suitable sentence and that the victim is able to heal up physically as well as mentally. That sounds like a deeply unpleasant experience.

AlsoSomniloquism | 1 year ago

Not a one way street but a single lane traffic calming from the looks of streetview.
So it wasn't a problem that the cyclist was cycling in the road or the supplied lane to allow them to continue without waiting for oncoming traffic. No surprise the criminal was in a BMW. I wouldn't be surprised if they forced their way down to cause the incident in the first place instead of giving way. 

Calc | 1 year ago

Reading each day reminds me that the stereotype that British people are polite and considerate is not founded in reality.  The truth is, they're a bunch of J. Clarksons.

marmotte27 replied to Calc | 1 year ago

People are the same everywhere. Same causes, same effects.

Rendel Harris replied to Calc | 1 year ago

Calc wrote:

Reading each day reminds me that the stereotype that British people are polite and considerate is not founded in reality.  The truth is, they're a bunch of J. Clarksons.

I'd politely disagree: obviously on here we read about the bad incidents and, as with any media, it tends to give an impression that things are maybe worse than they are (not a criticism, just the way things are). The majority of people I encounter, on the roads and elsewhere, are extremely polite and considerate, it's just that the 10% of rude boors tend to stick in the mind. On our central London commute we probably pass or are passed by 500+ drivers every trip and usually fewer than five will behave in a selfish or dangerous manner, but of course that 1% have the ability to leave one feeling wound up and stressed for hours; one doesn't tend to remember, or even notice, the ones who gave plenty of space, didn't try to overtake etc.

IanMSpencer replied to Rendel Harris | 1 year ago

In terms of soshall meedya, the worrying element is how many people are prepared to express opinions that behaviour such as above is likely to have been deserved simply because the man happened to be passing by on a bicycle - I think that is the most worrying phenomena of the current age. We know that many don't really believe what they say, but they do influence others both to believe that expressing such oipinions is socially acceptable and then there are others who will take the support for their attitudes to the next level. 

It's part of what I am starting to see as the losing battle of being reasonable. On any Internet discussion, every word will be dissected and taken in its own right, so any responder feels at liberty to take the one element that they believe contradicts, undermines or generally rubbishes a reasoned argument and use it to dismiss the whole.

I do dispair that the world's ability to think in reasoned fashion has been undermined by bad actors and manipulators who well understand that if you can plant an idea early, you then have captured a mind which finds it difficult to then reassess its first assumptions - but it is not all about manipulation, many people just don't really think.

chrisonabike replied to Rendel Harris | 1 year ago

I think it's a mix.  In the UK there are some who just want to kick you or I in the genitals.  But they'd probably form a queue.

lio | 1 year ago

I hope he gets some justice.  This is a nasty assault but sadly Derbyshire Police have a very bad reputation.

Mungecrundle | 1 year ago

Sounds like someone didn't appreciate a potential witness to their poor driving.

Secret_squirrel | 1 year ago

Begs the question if the incident occured more than 6 weeks ago and involved 2 cars with Reg plates why the rozzers are taking so long to charge someone.

Isnt a Reg Plate a guarantee of tracing a criminal????

AlsoSomniloquism replied to Secret_squirrel | 1 year ago

Actually begs the question on what the other motorist was doing whilst watching the first one assault someone and rob them of their camera?

Mathemagician replied to AlsoSomniloquism | 1 year ago
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AlsoSomniloquism wrote:

Actually begs the question on what the other motorist was doing whilst watching the first one assault someone and rob them of their camera?

Stupid comment of the day award. All you know is that there were 2 motorists. If the assaulter is a 6'5" man built like a prop forward and the second motorist is a 5'1" slight woman in her 70s, what exactly would you expect them to do?

AlsoSomniloquism replied to Mathemagician | 1 year ago

Well I was thinking more calling the police, shouting for help, calling the ambulance, etc. Nothing mentioned at all. 

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