Essex

'Attacked' cyclist 'does not want to press charges'

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A cyclist who appeared to be knocked off his bike and assaulted in a YouTube video has been found but does not want to press charges, police said.

The footage showed the cyclist in an altercation with a van driver on the Essex/London border in Hornchurch.

Essex Police had urged the cyclist to come forward, but it has emerged he was spoken to at the time the incident was filmed in December.

No further action will be taken, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.

The force was made aware of a "personal injury collision" between the cyclist and the van on 8 December, the spokesman added.

At that time, no allegation of a crime was made.

When the video was re-posted by another YouTube user on Thursday, Havering Police spoke to the cyclist again who confirmed he did not want to pursue any allegations.

A 34-year-old man, understood to be the van driver, was interviewed under caution at an east London police station on Friday, the spokesman added.

Inquiries are continuing.

The footage, viewed more than 327,000 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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