A suspect has been arrested after a cyclist was assaulted by a driver with a metal pole, police have revealed.
Sussex Police said the rider, a man in his 40s, suffered serious head injuries and was taken to hospital after the assault.
The incident happened on Tuesday (April 13) in West Sussex, at around 4.50pm in Paddockhurst Road, Turners Hill.
Officers were called to reports of an assault involving a driver and a cyclist.
According to a statement from Sussex Police, the driver of a black Mercedes overtook the cyclist, before getting out of the vehicle and allegedly assaulting the rider with what was believed to be a metal pole.
The cyclist was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Bright with “significant” head injuries.
Sussex Police officers carried out a swift investigation and have arrested a 28-year-old man from East Grinstead on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
The suspect remains in custody.
Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Jon Robeson added: “This is a fast-moving investigation with officers able to make a swift arrest.
“The victim has suffered significant head injuries and is currently in hospital receiving medical treatment.
“Did you witness the incident? We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the alleged assault or has dash cam footage of the incident.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact Sussex Police online or by calling 101 and quoting the reference number 1042 of 13/04.
In a separate incident, earlier this week tributes were paid to a ‘mother, daughter, midwife, friend and cycling fanatic’ who was killed after she was involved in a crash with the driver of a white van.
Helen Renton, 44, was riding her Trek bike near Dumfries in Scotland on Sunday (April 11) when she was hit by the van.
The mum-of-three, a passionate cyclist who regularly took part in charity rides, died at the scene of the crash, while the driver of the van and passenger were both uninjured.
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Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers. Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.
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