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Cyclist deliberately pushed by car passenger Crumps Lane, Maidstone

A cyclist had a disturbing incident with yobs who tried to push him off his bike.

The 31-year-old man from Langley, who asked not to be named, is a regular cyclist.

Crumps Lane: where the cyclist first encountered the yobs
Crumps Lane: where the cyclist first encountered the yobs

On Bank Holiday Monday he was out for a ride at around midday through the Sutton Valence, Ulcombe and Grafty Green area.

He said: "I was about 20 minutes into my ride when I came across a grey Fiat Punto with three shirtless young men inside in their early 20s leaving a field in Crumps Lane.

"For no apparent reason, I had many profanities shouted at me as they drove past.

"I looked back as they passed in confusion as to why that happened, but continued my ride.

"However, just before Eastwood Road, next to the Who'd A Thought It Pub, I heard a car driving up behind me at speed.

"The next thing I knew I felt a hard push on my back, and was forced physically off the road.

"The next thing I knew I felt a hard push on my back, and was forced physically off the road" - the attacked cyclist

"Fortunately I maintained control and looked up to see the same car with one of the men hanging out of the rear window with a balaclava or scarf wrapped around his face.

"He had physically pushed me and attempted to force me to crash off my bike."

The car drove off at speed, but the innocent cyclist's ordeal was not over.

He said: "About 20 minutes later I was on the Lenham Road between Platts Heath and Kingswood. Again I heard a vehicle approaching at speed. It was the same car, attempting a second time and shouting profanities as they drove past."

Police are investigating the incident.

The victim said: "It's a shame that people feel the need to endanger other people’s lives for no reason in a quiet and peaceful area of Kent, where someone like myself is just tying to enjoy the scenery and weather."

Police asked that anyone with information about the assailants should call 01622 604100, quoting reference 46/167810/19.

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