Footage shows car heading down south London pavement as driver threatens cyclists
Mon 6 Aug 2018
Police are hunting for a man who was filmed appearing to drive a car along a pavement towards cyclists, telling them the vehicle was stolen, then reversing it at speed away from officers down a side road.
Scotland Yard said they had received a complaint that the driver nearly hit cyclists repeatedly in south London. The video shows him throwing rubbish from the car at one of the cyclists before speeding off. Further up the road, the man is seen arguing with another cyclist until an unmarked police car arrives.
“Luckily no one was seriously injured or even killed by this reckless driver. We are still trying to trace him and urge anyone who recognises him to contact the police as soon as possible. The sooner you call us, the sooner we can take this dangerous driver off the road,” said DC James Preston from Brixton CID.
The Metropolitan police said the incident happened in the 10 minutes before 8am on Wednesday 1 August. Officers said a 50-year-old cyclist reported that he saw the driver of a black Audi A3 involved in an argument with two other cyclists.
The same car almost hit him, then the footage shows the driver throwing things at the cyclist at the next set of lights, before allegedly driving at him at speed. The cyclist told police the car then turned into a side road, where witnesses said the driver nearly hit another cyclist.
Police said: “A crowd gathered and the driver turned his car around and drove on to the pavement. At that moment, an unmarked police car appeared and a police officer got out. The driver reversed at speed and disappeared down Dorset Road.”
Before the arrival of the police car, the footage appears to show the driver shouting that it was a “stolen car”, before threatening to run over the cyclists.