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Driver banned for “using his vehicle like a weapon” to force cyclist into wall

Incident happened in Angmering, West Sussex in May


A driver who “used his vehicle like a weapon” to force a cyclist off the road in West Sussex, causing injuries to his hand, has been banned from driving for six months.

The rider, Howard Crompton, uploaded footage of the incident after the motorist, who also received seven points on his licence and was fined a total of £690, was convicted of careless driving.

The incident happened in May as Mr Crompton was finishing a ride in Angmering, near Worthing.

A couple of minutes after the driver of a black Mercedes 4x4 had attempted a failed overtake, he caught up with the cyclist on a short hill.

With his horn blaring as he approached the cyclist from behind, the driver cut across him, forcing him into a wall and drove off without stopping.

Mr Crompton, who captured front- and rear-facing footage of the incident, told that initially he felt “gobsmacked” at his experience which left him “shaken.”

He said: “I was gobsmacked it happened at first within the first few minutes.

“Once I was home and I had the call to 999 I was left shaken.

“I was really upset by it as I thought about it. If the wall/bush wasn't there then who knows where I would have ended up.

“My right hand was trapped on my handlebars by the passenger side so I had bruising on my hands for a few days.

“It really bothered me and still does as i never knew if I'd see him again driving around,” he added.

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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