Essex

Cyclist 'assaulted' by van driver sought by police

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A cyclist who filmed an argument with a van driver in which he appears to have been knocked off his bike and assaulted has been urged to contact police.

A video posted on YouTube shows a bike in collision with a van, before the driver and the cyclist argue and the driver appears to punch the cyclist.

Essex Police said it was aware of the video, which is believed to have been filmed on the Essex/London border.

A man, thought to be the van driver, has given police his account of events.

The footage, uploaded on Thursday and since viewed more than 65,000 times, shows a van with the livery of Taylor Landscaping, a company based in Billericay, Essex.

The BBC could not reach Taylor Landscaping for a comment.

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Image caption Essex Police said it was aware of the video and urged the cyclist to contact his local force

The company was listed on the online directory Trust a Trader.

The directory's managing director Gary McEwen said Taylor Landscaping had been suspended as a member when the video emerged, pending an investigation.

The footage, which appears to have been recorded on a helmet camera, shows a cyclist falling off his bike after an apparent collision with a van travelling in the same direction.

When the van driver gets out of his vehicle, an argument begins between the two men. The driver then appears to assault the cyclist, and the camera falls to the floor.

An Essex Police spokeswoman said a man had voluntarily attended Chelmsford police station earlier to give an account of the incident.

"It has now been established that this incident took place in the Hornchurch area and the matter has been passed to the Metropolitan Police to investigate," she added.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said the force was aware of the case and was making inquiries.

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