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Road rage incident near Haverhill sparks police hunt for cyclist

Police are on the hunt for a cyclist after an incident on a country road which left a driver with a damaged rear door on his car.

Cambridgeshire police says it is investigating a report of ‘public order and criminal damage’ that took place near West Wratting on June 8.

The 70-year-old driver of the car, who lives in Linton but does not wish to be named, said the incident on the B1052 where it enters West Wratting left his wife ‘extremely stressed’, adding that the attacker ‘needs to be caught’.

The car approaches two cyclists just before they reach the village sign for West Wratting
The car approaches two cyclists just before they reach the village sign for West Wratting

Describing the incident, a statement from Cambridgeshire police said: “It was reported that the victim, a man in his 70s, was driving along the B1052 when he approached a group of cyclists and sounded his horn to alert them that he was close by and about to overtake.

“At this point, it’s reported one cyclist pulled out into the road and stopped, bringing the driver to a halt.

“The cyclist then lifted his bike and began shouting verbal abuse towards the driver.

“As the victim attempted to drive off, damage was caused to the vehicle causing a dent to one of the rear passenger doors.

“The suspect has then got back on his bike and continued riding in the direction of West Wratting.

“No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.”

The victim said the incident left a ‘significant dent’ in a rear door panel of his car’s passenger door – which he estimates will cost £300 to £400 to repair – and happened when he and his wife were taking their first drive out for months. They had both been shielding because of Covid-19.

He added: “The damage to my wife is inestimable. She is actually terrified of me actually talking to anyone about this. She has been destroyed by this.

“She was really distressed.

“I think from the public’s perspective he needs to be caught. Can you imagine that someone can stop a car in the middle of the road and use his bike to bang the side of the car and then get off scot-free. I don’t think that is reasonable.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or has any information, is asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident 210 of 8 June or report it online at cambs.police.uk/report.

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