Police Appeal For Assaulted Cyclist To Come Forward

Andy Thornley
By Andy Thornley Last edited 37 months ago
Police Appeal For Assaulted Cyclist To Come Forward

Police are appealing for a cyclist who was assaulted by a van driver to come forward after a shocking video of the incident appeared on YouTube.

The video shows the cyclist riding along the inside of the van and somebody — it is unclear who — shouts “get off your phone you muppet”. The van appears to then swerve in to the cyclist, knocking him off, before the driver gets out and floors the cyclist with a punch. A passer-by, also on a bike, then appears in shot and grapples with the sweary driver before coming to the prone cyclist’s aid. The incident appears to have taken place on Butts Green Road, East London, close to Emerson Park station.

The incident was reported to Essex Police who have appealed on social media for the victim to come forward so they can investigate the incident. The area actually falls within the jurisdiction of the Met police, but we’re sure their colleagues in across the county border will pass on any information received.

The van was clearly marked with the branding of Taylor Landscaping based in Colchester. We approached the firm to comment on the story; however nobody at the business was answering calls this morning. They did respond to the Daily Mail however, saying they were aware of existence of the video but would not be commenting on it.

Last Updated 16 January 2015

Bill

Caught in the act. Nail the bastard......

SI

Why would it have been reported to Essex Police and not the Met?

Will

Taylor Landscaping should be ashamed. Sack this aggressive white van men. Made he'll get the message. "Violence is no answer"! besides if the cyclist was on the phone it does not sound like it as the sound track goes on for some time with no conversation being heard.

ScaredAmoeba

Unless I'm very mistaken, it's pretty clear that the cyclist is the one who — shouted “get off your phone you muppet”, at the driver who can be seen on the phone, which would explain his appalling driving which initiated the whole sequence of events. After being chided about using the phone while driving, the driver can be seen tossing his phone onto the dash (@1.00) and swerves towards the cyclist, knocking him off.