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ROAD RAGE ATTACK ON BIKEATHON MAN; Motorist sets upon cyclist in charity ride terror.

A CYCLIST was pushed off his bike and viciously assaulted in a terrifying road rage attack during a charity cycle ride.

The incident happened in Lawford Heath Lane, Long Lawford, yesterday afternoon as the 39-year-old Dunchurch man joined hundreds of others taking part in the Leukaemia Research Fund's annual bikeathon.

As the rider and a group of other cyclists were riding along the lane they were overtaken by a red Ford Escort which then cut across in front of them.

The cyclist signalled to the driver, who then slammed his brakes, got out of the car and knocked him off the bike.

Police say the assault continued as the cyclist was lying on the floor.

Officers and ambulance crews were called to the scene and the victim was taken to St Cross Hospital with a black eye, swollen lip and double vision.

Insp Dave Fry, of Warwick- shire Constabulary, today described the incident as a nasty and unprovoked attack.

"The chap was taking part in a charity bike ride when the assault happened and whether he gesticulated at the

driver or not, and whatever happened just before, certainly does not warrant that kind of behaviour and we are treating this as a very serious incident."

Bikeathon organiser Janet Haynes added: "I am really disappointed that a day that was otherwise wonderful has been marred by such an attack.

"Up until that incident everyone was saying it was a wonderful day for the whole family."

The attacker is described as white with blond, short spiky hair.

He is in his mid-20s, 5ft 10in to 5ft 11in, and of slim build. He wore a Reebok anorak.
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Author:Clarke, Samantha
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jun 12, 2000
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