Police Hunt Cyclist Who Headbutted Pedestrian In Road Rage Attack
Police are appealing for information about a cyclist who ran a red light and headbutted a pedestrian.
In CCTV footage that captured the incident, a man can be seen crossing the road at a set of lights before a cyclist drives straight through on Farringdon Street in London.
The video, captured on 22 August and released by police, pauses to show the cyclist narrowly miss the man. He lifts his arms up to avoid getting hit and carries on to the other side of the road.
The cyclist then turns back, gets off his bike and approaches the 57-year-old pedestrian. A quick argument takes place which escalates to a full scale attack within a matter of seconds. The cyclist closes in on the man, headbutting him to the ground.
He then gets on his bike and cycles away, leaving his victim lying injured on the floor, with people rushing to help him.
The man needed stitches in a wound above his eye and had ligament damage to his arm.
PC Fisk, from the City of London police, said: "We are asking the public to help us identify this cyclist, whose needlessly violent action has left a member of the public with some nasty injuries.
"If anyone has any information about the man who carried out this assault, please contact us. He is described as a white man in his 40s, around 5ft 10in, of medium build, with short greying hair."
Anyone with information is asked to call the City of London police on 020 7601 2115, quoting reference 19*446160, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Although road rage is often dismissed as a part of driving, it can actually be dangerous and affects all road users.
A recent study found that 23 percent of men admitting to physically confronting another driver while 39 percent of drivers say they have experienced road rage in some form.
Conducted by HPI, the survey showed that people find that van drivers are the most infuriating road users, with cyclists coming in at a close second - private hire vehicles were found to be the third most annoying group of drivers. Eight percent of those surveyed said that pedestrians are the worst.
Men were the worst offenders went it came to road rage, but one in five female motorists also admitted to intentionally following a vehicle to let out anger after an on-road incident.
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