A man who accelerated at cyclists has been charged with a number of offences after videos emerged of him driving towards a group of riders whilst shouting "it's a stolen car."
Shane Seymour was arrested on Sunday, and has been charged with two counts of theft of a motor vehicle, five counts of dangerous driving, five counts of driving whilst disqualified and vehicle interference.
The 25-year-old was named by the Metropolitan Police earlier this month. Police asked members of the public to report sightings of the man who had links in South London and the Canterbury area.
The incident, which was caught on camera, took place in Clapham on August 1.
The driver was captured swerving in the direction of cyclists, whilst driving a black Audi A3.
He then entered into a verbal dispute with a rider at the traffic lights.
Once the lights changed, he passed riders, turned into a residential road where he reversed into the cycle lane, and then preceded to drive at a group of riders, including Dave Clifton who was almost knocked off his bike.
Describing the incident, a police spokesperson said: “When the lights turned green, the driver turned his car towards the victim and drove at him at speed before changing direction.”
When police arrived in an unmarked car, Seymour reversed "at speed" down Dorset Road, Clapham.
Clifton, a 50-year-old IT consultant said following the incident: “It’s worrying having drivers on the road like that. It’s all just really bizarre. He seems to be picking on everybody."
Detective Constable James Preston from Brixton CID commented: “Luckily no-one was seriously injured or even killed by this reckless driver."
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Cycling Weekly's Digital Editor Michelle Arthurs-Brennan is a traditional journalist by trade, having begun her career working for a local newspaper before spending a few years at Evans Cycles, then combining the two with a career in cycling journalism.
When not typing or testing, Michelle is a road racer who also enjoys track riding and the occasional time trial, though dabbles in off-road riding too (either on a mountain bike, or a 'gravel bike'). She is passionate about supporting grassroots women's racing and founded the women's road race team 1904rt.
Favourite bikes include a custom carbon Werking road bike as well as the Specialized Tarmac SL6.
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