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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Caught on camera: The shocking road rage attack by impatient driver who wanted to overtake cyclist

By Daily Mail Reporter

This is the moment when a cyclist in South London was attacked by a furious motorist who had tried to overtake him and failed.

Simon Page, who was in a group of seven cyclists en route from Dover to London, was knocked to the ground by the unidentified driver outside a restaurant in Bexley Village in May.

Video footage taken by another cyclist, which has since been uploaded to Youtube, shows Mr Page being threatened and punched in the head during the incident.

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Kicking off: Simon Page was approached by the driver of the car outside a restaurant in Bexley Village

Argument: The driver was angry with the group of cyclists after trying to overtake them

The 49-year-old lawyer said, 'We were coming through a south-east London suburb when a car tried to overtake whilst we were going past a traffic island which significantly narrowed the road. We remonstrated with the driver, shouting.

'The car stopped and the driver and passenger got out and started using very threatening language and their body language was highly aggressive.

'They saw me reading the number plate and said ‘we see you have our number, now we’re effing gonna run you over’.

Confrontation: Another cyclist captured the incident which has since been posted on Youtube

Unpleasant moment: As well as the physical attack Mr Page said that the driver used 'threatening language'

'When they drove off they clipped my right hand with a wing mirror. They stopped again, but this time the driver came over and punched me to the ground.'

Mr Page, from Twickenham, said he was angry that police failed to act despite being presented with the video.

Facing abuse: Other cyclists have said they were horrified by the incident - but added that abuse from motorists is not uncommon

He said, 'You’d think that it would be easy to locate and prosecute. It turns out that the registered keeper of the car was not using the car that day and is not on the video.

'The upshot is that someone else was the driver and assaulter that day.'

The attack has horrified other cyclists.

Michael Jones posted on the road.cc website: 'Not uncommon to get abuse when out riding. Something needs to be done to change this appalling attitude of drivers towards cyclists and pedestrians.'

A Met Police spokesman said, 'We can confirm an allegation of assault in Bexley High Street was made which is being investigated by Bexley CID.'



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