A video showing a police car colliding with a cyclist in central London, crushing his bike and then driving away has caused widespread anger in the cycling community.
The rider in question was part of the monthly Critical Mass bike ride in London, which sees hundreds of cyclists take to the streets of the English capital for a ride.
The police BMW X5 4x4 car was attempting to drive away after being “targeted by demonstrators", say Scotland Yard, issuing a statement that said:
“At approximately 9.10pm on April 29, police became aware of a demonstration involving a number of cyclists at Vauxhall Bridge.
“During this a police vehicle was targeted by demonstrators. As it tried to drive away, the vehicle ran over a cycle that was left in the road as an obstruction.
“No one was injured."
That won’t be good enough for a lot of cyclists though, with the incident being captured on camera by several sources and showing some strange decision-making indeed from the police.
An IT consultant who was there at the time filming and did not want to give his second name, John, 25, told the Evening Standard: “I can imagine the police line is that they felt threatened, but frankly they’re armed police officers – do a bunch of cyclists pose a threat to them?
“I think it’s entirely fair to call it a hit and run. The police were involved in an accident, they completely crushed a bike, and then they ran away.
“They collared this one guy very forcefully [before the incident on film]. I started filming as the level of force the officers used was disproportionate.
“I don’t know why they collared this guy, but it looked like they wanted to make an example of them to the rest of the group."