Police seek 'road rage' cyclist who nicked driver's car keys

Dorset Police appeal for witnesses after a cyclist assaulted a driver and then rode off with his car keys

Photo of a cyclist involved in a 'road rage' incident in Dorset
(Image credit: Dorset Police)

Dorset Police have issued an appeal for witnesses to an incident in Christchurch involving a cyclist who assaulted a driver before riding off with the ignition key.

The incident occurred on Sunday, December 13, at around midday on Bridge Street in Christchurch.

According to a police statement, the cyclist approached the driver of a green Fiat Punto, which was stationary in a queue of traffic. The cyclist apparently shouted at the driver before leaning into the car window.

The driver – a man in his 60s – reports that the driver struck him in the face and then removed the keys from his ignition, before riding off. The driver sustained a cut on his face during the incident.

Photo of a cyclist involved in a 'road rage' incident in Dorset

Photo of a cyclist involved in a 'road rage' incident in Dorset
(Image credit: Dorset Police)

Police have released a photograph of the cyclist, who they describe as being white, male, in his 30s. He was accompanied by a second cyclist who was not involved in the incident.

"I am able to release a photo of the suspect and ask anyone who recognises him from his clothing or bike to contact me," said Police Constable Peter Simpson, of East Dorset police.

"I am also keen to speak with the man cycling alongside him as his information may help us with our enquiries."

Anyone with information can contact the police by telephoning 101 and quoting incident number 13:179.

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Nigel Wynn
Nigel Wynn

Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, n exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.