16-week sentence for driver who 'used vehicle as weapon' and swerved into cycling club run

Court hears how John Rafferty swerved into group of cyclists, with some riders as young as 12

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A driver from Burton has been sentenced to 16 weeks in prison after pleading guilty to dangerous driving when he swerved into a group of club cyclists, causing injuries to one rider as he was run off the road and into a hedge.

Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court heard how around a dozen cyclists from CC Giro were riding two abreast down Fauld Lane near Tutbury, Staffordshire on July 26, 2016, when Mr Rafferty came up behind them and started to sound his horn.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.