After a cyclist was attacked by a car passenger near Stoke-on-Trent on January 2, Staffordshire Police are appealing for witnesses and would especially like to speak to a good Samaritan cyclist who stopped to help.
The 32-year old rider from Newcastle-under-Lyme was heading West on Whitmore Road at about 12:15pm when the driver of a black Vauxhall Corsa pulled up alongside him.
According to the Stoke Sentinel's Dave Knapper, police say a passenger in the car grabbed the rider's rucksack, resulting in him falling off his bike.
A passing rider stopped to help the man who sustained cuts and bruises but did not need hospital treatment. His helmet was split in two by the fall.
Staffordshire Police is appealing for witnesses, including the good Samaritan, to come forward.
Anyone with information should call 101 quoting incident 478 of January 2.
John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.
He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.
Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.
John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.
He joined road.cc in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.