An­gry Tran­sit van pas­sen­ger hurls mis­sile at cy­clist


Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By CHRIS JAF­FRAY and ALEXAN­DRA RUCKI alexan­[email protected] @Alexan­draRucki

AN an­gry van pas­sen­ger hurled an ob­ject at a cy­clist af­ter he stopped to let a pedes­trian cross a road.

Web de­vel­oper John Pe­den was cy­cling through Urm­ston when he stopped to let some­one use a ze­bra cross­ing.

The 32-year-old claims the driver van be­hind him was clearly ir­ri­tated at this de­ci­sion and over­took him sec­onds later, go­ing onto the op­po­site side of the road to do so.

But mar­ried John was stunned when a pro­jec­tile was launched at him from the pas­sen­ger seat of the white Ford Tran­sit.

In the footage, cap­tured on his bike’s rear-facing cam­era dur­ing the com­mute on Novem­ber 7, an irate man can be seen lean­ing out of the win­dow with an ag­gres­sive look on his face be­fore the white item, which ap­pears to be a dis­pos­able cof­fee cup, shat­ters on the road.

John, from Urm­ston, said: “I stopped at a pedes­trian cross­ing to let some­one across. The van got right up be­hind me at the cross­ing.

“Then 20 sec­onds later he over­took me, as he came past he threw some­thing at me. I don’t know what it was it was, I think it was a cof­fee cup.

“I was just shocked to be hon­est. “I don’t know what I had done that had made him so mad.

“You can see he is brak­ing be­fore he over­takes me, it just shows I wasn’t hold­ing him up at all.

“If it had hit me on the head and I had lost bal­ance I could have been re­ally hurt. It is just com­pletely un­nec­es­sary.”

John, who has re­ported the in­ci­dent to Greater Manch­ester Po­lice, said it’s not the first time he’s been ha­rassed as a cy­clist on the city’s roads. He added: “I have had abuse be­fore from peo­ple think­ing you are block­ing the lane. But it was a ze­bra cross­ing, so I had no choice but to stop.”

A spokesman for GMP said: “At around 11.30am on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 7, 2019 po­lice were called to a re­port of an as­sault on Urm­ston Lane, Stret­ford.

“A cy­clist be­came in­volved in a dis­pute with a mo­torist. It was re­ported that the mo­torist then threw items at the cy­clist.

“No ar­rests have been made and there were no re­ports of any in­juries.”

He over­took me, as he came past he threw some­thing at me – I was just shocked to be hon­est John Pe­den

The footage was cap­tured on the cy­clist’s dash­cam

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