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City worker ‘shoved off bike’ in morning rush hour attack in Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 19:00 14 August 2018

Cyclist Colin Hicks, 59, says he was deliberately pushed off his bike on the morning commute along Goresbrook Road. Picture: Ken Mears

Cyclist Colin Hicks, 59, says he was deliberately pushed off his bike on the morning commute along Goresbrook Road. Picture: Ken Mears

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A City worker broke his collarbone after reportedly being shoved off his bike on the morning commute.

Keen cyclist Colin Hicks was pedalling along Goresbrook Road, in Dagenham, at about 6am on Friday, August 3 when a black Ford Galaxy people carrier allegedly began to overtake him.

After passing the Gale Street intersection westbound, the 59-year-old said he was “deliberately pushed” by someone hanging out of the vehicle’s passenger side window, causing him to plow into the kerb at 18 miles an hour.

“Once my wheel hit the edge of the kerb, I lost my balance and tumbled towards the grassed verge, narrowly missing a tree,” he told the Post.

He was left with a broken collarbone, as well as cuts and abrasions to his leg — all while feeling “totally shocked” with what had happened.

The people carrier, Colin said, drove off, but a private hire car travelling towards Gale Street spotted the injured cyclist and, together with a passing DHL delivery van driver, confirmed the vehicle turning right onto Ellerton or Canonsleigh Road.

“Unfortunately neither of the drivers left their details with me,” said Colin, who has not been able to track them down.

Still sat on the grass, Colin, of Rainham, was then approached by Dean Easom, who had been driving en route to pick up a friend.

“He was out of breath, he had blood on his knee and he was holding his shoulder,” said Dean.

The 39-year-old resident of Wells Garden, Rainham called the police shortly after 6.15am. Later, as attending paramedics took Colin to Queen’s Hospital in Romford for X-rays, Dean returned the bicycle.

“Even when me and the police lady tried to get him up he was in agony,” Dean added.

“People were just driving past, not even stopping or nothing... just driving past. It was terrible to see.”

Colin now sleeps sitting up to avoid causing pain to his chest.

A member of Romford Cycling Club, he hopes to recover in time for a planned bike trip from London to Calais to coincide with his 60th birthday next year.

No arrests have been made, confirmed a Met Police spokeswoman.

Do you know who attacked Colin? Send information to alex.shaw@archant.co.uk or call 020 8477 3802


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