43-year-old Dunlop Cycle Club member Derek Smillie was left lying in the middle of the road after a driver deliberately hit him last week

Police in Scotland are investigating an incident where a cyclist was left with injuries are being deliberately hit by a driver near Dunlop, East Ayrshire, last week.

Derek Smillie, 43, was left with severe bruising and scratches after the driver of a red Seat Ibiza did a U-turn in the road and drove into him.

Dunlop Cycle Club member Smillie told the Kilmarnock Standard that he and the driver had gesticulated towards each other prior to the incident after a close pass.

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“I gesticulated at him and he gesticulated back,” Derek said to the Standard. “That kind of thing is quite common, so I thought that would be the end of it.

“But as I cycled further up the road I could see he had pulled in. He drove directly at me and I had little time to react. He must’ve been going at least 30mph, but I was sure he was going to swerve.

“The next thing I knew I was getting upended and landing in the middle of the road.”

The driver left the scene, leaving Smillie lying in the road, but thankfully without more serious injuries.

The incident took place at 7pm on Thursday, July 7, on the A736 towards Dunlop as Smilie was on his way to meet up with club mates.

Writing on Facebook, Smillie said the incident hasn’t put him off cycling, and he’ll be back out as soon as possible: “To all those who have shared, liked, commented and generally shown support for what happened to me last Thursday it’s overwhelming and very much appreciated.

“Considering what could’ve been I am totally fine and will be back out cycling in no time with insurance cover and camera.”