Arrest after attacking and ‘threatening to kill’ cyclist in St Leonards

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A man has been arrested after allegedly attacking and threatening to kill a cyclist in St Leonards on Wednesday (August 17).

A 28-year-old local man was verbally and physically assaulted and had his bike smashed by the driver who forced him against a wall with his car near the Bridge Cafe on A259 Bexhill Road at around 2.10pm, police said.

A 37-year-old St Leonards man has been arrested on suspicion of assault, criminal damage, dangerous driving and making threats to kill, and bailed until September 7, while enquiries continue.

The driver of a gold convertible car swung across the road towards the cyclist, who was on a path and dressed in orange clothing, before mounting the pavement and forcing him against a wall, though without making contact.

The driver, who is known to the victim, was shouting aggressively and used an implement taken from the rear of the car to strike him.

The suspect threw the victim’s bike against the wall until the rear wheel buckled, causing some £80 damage.

He then drove off at speed, accompanied by a female passenger.

During the incident two men in a white van stopped to intercede, but on finding the victim was okay they left and drove on.

Police are keen to hear from these two men.

They would also welcome information from anyone else who saw what happened or who heard any conversation between the suspect and the victim.

Anyone able to help is asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone 101, quoting serial 1121 of 17/08.

Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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