Police hunt for man who drove 'stolen car' at cyclists (video)

The man drove at cyclists, shouting "it's a stolen car, I'll run you lot over"

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Police are hunting for a man who drove aggressively at cyclists, in a black Audi A3 he later claimed was stolen.

Footage shows the driver shouting at cyclists from a set of lights, close to Clapham North Station, in London - before driving off, then mounting the pavement to continue the threatening behaviour.

Police are appealing for anyone who recognises the man to contact the police as soon as possible.

"Luckily no-one was seriously injured or even killed by this reckless driver," Det Con James Preston said.

Footage from the incident shows tempers become heated when the driver swerved into a bus lane, almost contacting a cyclist, before shouting threateningly at the traffic lights.

Leaving the lights, one cyclist taps the rear of his car.

Seconds later, the driver is seen reversing from a residential road, into the path of the cyclists in the bike lane.

Manoeuvring onto the pavement, he drove at a cluster of riders, shouting "it's a stolen car, I'll run you lot over."

When an unmarked police car arrived at the scene, the driver reversed away "at speed", down Dorset Road.

The events took place at 08:00 last Wednesday August 1.

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."

The cyclist almost hit in the first instance was IT consultant, Dave Clifton.

The 50-year-old later told the BBC: "It's worrying having drivers on the road like that."

"It's all just really bizarre. I don't know if he's just having a bad morning or what. He seems to be picking on everybody.

Officers are attempting to trace the driver, and Det Con Preston said: "[we] urge anyone who recognises him to contact the police as soon as possible."

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan
Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan is Cycling Weekly's Tech Editor, and is responsible for managing the tech news and reviews both on the website and in Cycling Weekly magazine.

A traditional journalist by trade, Arthurs-Brennan began her career working for a local newspaper, before spending a few years at Evans Cycles, then combining writing and her love of bicycles first at Total Women's Cycling and then Cycling Weekly. 

When not typing up reviews, news, and interviews Arthurs-Brennan 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 190rt.

She rides bikes of all kinds, but favourites include a custom carbon Werking road bike as well as the Specialized Tarmac SL6. 

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