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Police appeal after Norfolk cyclist injured in double hit-and-run

Harry Rivett was hit from behind by one motorist, then another ran him over – neither stopped

Police ​in Norfolk have launched an appeal after a cyclist was hospitalised following a double hit-and-run near North Walsham.

Harry Rivett, aged 21, was on his way home from a night out with friends in North Walsham when the incident happened as he rode home to Sloley, reports

His mother, Lorraine Rivett, said: "He was hit from behind by one car and his bike went under that car.

"He was hit again by a car coming from the Norwich direction, which ran over his legs. He suffered a deep puncture wound to his leg and his ear was lacerated.

"A taxi driver stopped and managed to get Harry's phone out and call me.

“Harry was going in and out of consciousness but gave him the password for the phone.

"The taxi driver called me and said 'Harry's come off his bike, can you come? We rushed over and the bike was a crumpled mess. The front wheel is still missing.

"That he was hit by two cars is mind-blowing. I went with Harry in the ambulance to hospital."

She added: "His cycle lights were switched on at the time, but he was not wearing a hi-res jacket or helmet. There are no lights on that road.

"He will have an MRI scan at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital but there's no fractures. Somebody must have been looking over him, big time, as it could have been much worse."

Mr Rivett said: "I don't have any recollection of what happened. I was unconscious and I woke up in hospital at about 4 or 5am.

"My leg is in pain. I spent a couple of nights in hospital."

Norfolk Constabulary are trying to trace the drivers of both vehicles, and have also appealed for the taxi driver who attended to the cyclist to come forward.

Anyone with information is requested to contact PC Diaa Fathalla at North Walsham police station on 101 or email Diaa.Fathalla [at], quoting incident number 24 of 6 October.

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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