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Arrest made after Sussex cyclist injured in serious assault

Rider sustained "significant" head injuries in assault by driver who is believed to have hit him with metal bar...

Sussex Police have arrested a man after a cyclist sustained “significant head injuries” when he was allegedly assaulted by a motorist with what is believed to be a metal pole.

The incident happened at around 4.50pm on Paddockhurst Road, Turners Hill, West Sussex.

Officers say that the driver of a black Mercedes passed the cyclist then got out of his vehicle and assaulted him.

The cyclist, a man aged in his 40s, was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

Police subsequently arrested a 28-year-old man from East Grinstead on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent.

Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Jon Robeson said: “This is a fast-moving investigation with officers able to make a swift arrest.

“The victim has suffered significant head injuries and is currently in hospital receiving medical treatment.

“Did you witness the incident? We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the alleged assault or has dash cam footage of the incident.

“You can report information to us either online or by calling 101 quoting serial 1042 of 13/04.”

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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