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Sussex van driver filmed forcing cyclist off road to appear in court

Footage of incident on A272 in April went viral after it was shared online

A van driver from Sussex who was filmed forcing a cyclist off the road in April will appear in court next week on a charge of dangerous driving.

Confirmation that the motorist had been summonsed to appear at Crawley Magistrates' Court on 19 July was made this morning in a tweet by Sussex Police, in reply to a query from Twitter user and cyclist Chris Gerhard, who had asked how the case was progressing.

Footage of the incident went viral after it was posted online and was picked up by news outlets across the UK and beyond.

The driver's employment was terminated immediately once the managing director of the company the van belonged to had been able to review the footage.

It  took place on the A272 westbound on Sunday 30 April at Cowfold, West Sussex.

It also prompted BBC Radio Sussex to pose the question on Twitter - subsequently withdrawn following an outcry from users of the social network - as to whether the cyclist or van driver was to blame.

> Van driver filmed forcing cyclist off road; BBC Sussex asks "Who's to blame?"


Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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