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Copdock: Enraged cyclist knocks lorry driver unconscious for blocking his way in village’s Elm Lane

16:20 04 February 2014

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An enraged cyclist has knocked a lorry driver unconscious in Copdock in a bout of road rage.

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Police are appealing for help in relation to the attack in the village of Copdock.

Between 10.15am and 10.45am today, Tuesday, February 4 a driver of a heavy goods vehicle was travelling along Elm Lane in the village.

The driver pulled over to allow for a car that was approaching in the opposite direction. At this point he noticed a push bike coming up behind him; concerned that the cyclist may not have seen the car coming he held his arm out of the window and flagged the bike down.

At this point the cyclist became verbally abusive to the lorry driver telling him shouldn’t be on such a narrow lane. The driver briefly got out of his lorry and spoke to the cyclist before returning to his cab.

When he returned to his lorry the cyclist came up behind him and swung the cab door into the side of the lorry driver’s head causing him to lose consciousness and fall to the ground. The cyclist then rode off.

The 48-year-old male lorry driver came round and carried on his journey but became unwell a short while later and was taken to Ipswich Hospital to be treated for concussion.

A witness has been spoken to, but police are keen to hear from the cyclist himself or anyone who saw him or recognises him from the description.

He is described as a white male, of stocky build aged in his late 30s/ early 40s, he was between 5’8” and 5’10” tall and wore a light, or white top, a cycle helmet, sunglasses, white headphones and cycling attire.

If you have any information in relation to this incident or recognise the man from the description you are asked to call PC Darren Dawson at Suffolk Police Headquarters Roads Policing and Firearms Operations Unit on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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18 comments

  • I wouldn't want to comment on this incident specifically as it sounds like there's enough speculation in the usual "click bait" reporting without adding to it in the comments. I will however bite to Lee Davies bit of trolling. I presume your referring to car tax Lee ? Which is just that a tax on your car and doesn't touch the cost of road upkeep let alone pollution health and social impact. Buy a sensible car and pay no car tax, bikes are like really sensible cars. Roads are actually paid for by general taxation because there a bit of public infrastructure we all benefit from even if you don't use them at all. In fact if you want to get really formal about, cyclist and pedestrians are the only ones with a right of way, cars need a licence which can be removed. Anyway I hope the truck driver is ok, most people I meet on the road are considerate and polite regardless of mode of their mode of transport, a little consideration is all that's usually needed.

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    IanW

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Agreed with IanW - very irresponsible reporting. I understand the benefits of bringing this incident to the public's attention in order to identify any witness. However, the headline alone was unnecessary - this type of reporting only drives a larger wedge between cyclists and motorists.

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    ipswichLAD

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • @Lee Davies Road Tax was abolished by Winston Churchill in 1937. Do you mean Vehicle Excise Duty aka "car tax"? A thing motorists have to pay to be allowed to use the roads which are paid for by general taxation. Cyclist don't cause wear and tear, accident damage, or any other measurable damage to roads, so should not have to pay for them. You also ignore the fact that many cyclists do also own cars and contribute that way, i addition to through general taxation. If all the cyclists got in their cars every day, the roads would be even more congested, and the population even more obese.

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    Alice

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Copdock and wash brook share a sign. The story states the lorry driver was assisting the cyclist. Even if he did cut him up, no one has the right to assault another. How would you feel if a cyclist slammed a door on your head. Let's remember drivers pay for the privallage of driving on the roads, cyclists just use them freely. From the cyclists I see around its no wonder more don't get hurt. They should also have a driving test, if you use the roads you should have a license.

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    Lee Davies

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • There is no excuse whatsoever for behaviour like this no matter what the provocation. No right minded person would knock someone out and then ride off. Everyone, driver, cyclist or pedestrian gets fraustrated by other people but we do not attack them.

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    Sentinel Red

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • This story probably omits the fact that the lorry driver cut the cyclist up whilst pulling over? 2 sides to every story

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    Angry Commuter

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • As if to proof the point...,Roberts comments are a perfect example of the ignorance and hate this kind of reporting fuels. There's more holes in this story than a lump of Swiss cheese, it's just click bait for frustrated motorists looking for someone to blame.

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    IanW

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Approx 48% of road tax is included in the upkeep of British roads. Source .gov. My point with driving license, would ensure all road users have road sense. Nothing to do with environment.

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    Lee Davies

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Angry commuter I can find nothing in the story that said the driver cut him up how do you know he did? a trip to the police to give your side of the story we'll help if you were there if not don't speculate .

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    pandy

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Drugged up with adrenalin is no excuse for this sort of behaviour.

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    mjf

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Was the cyclist wearing white wings? I'm just wondering if it was my guardian angel retaliating for all the times I've been cut up by lorries while on my bike. No excuse though, I agree.

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    SuffolkBoy1956

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Typical cyclists, they think they own the roads, they ride on the pavements, don't stop for people when crossing the roads, go through red lights and hog the roads rising side by side. They are the ones that make the roads bad, and we have these stupid bike rides through Ipswich and shut half of the town down, pain in the neck. Maybe the lorry driver should have let him gone past when the car was coming.

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    Robert Manning

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Seems to me that the lorry driver was just trying to stop an accident. I'm afraid cyclists are not all the blameless individuals at the mercy of other road users that some of them make themselves out to be. No one is perfect, me included, but I've seen cyclists do some stupid, dangerous and illegal moves before (and I drive a so called 'sensible' car) - classic example doing 30 mph in a village and being overtaken by a cyclist doing one of these speed trials. Thought the law of the road applied to everyone - clearly not, so long as you are on 2 wheels.

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    Suffolk Boy

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Incredibly irresponsible reporting by the Star, the second article is even more inflammatory. Whilst I'm sure the vast majority of people can see through this stuff. The new spares disregard for the consequences of increasing animosity between road users is shameful.

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    IanW

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • @Lee Davies - yes they share a sign, but the sign's in Washbrook. And the current sign (not the one in the photo) has been there since AT LEAST 2008. Oh, and cyclists DO pay to use the roads. Apart from major roads such as the A12, the roads are built and maintained by the County Council, which we cyclists pay for out of our Council Tax.

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    beerlover

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • I wouldn't want to comment on this incident specifically as it sounds like there's enough speculation in the usual "click bait" reporting without adding to it in the comments. I will however bite to Lee Davies bit of trolling. I presume your referring to car tax Lee ? Which is just that a tax on your car and doesn't touch the cost of road upkeep let alone pollution health and social impact. Buy a sensible car and pay no car tax, bikes are like really sensible cars. Roads are actually paid for by general taxation because there a bit of public infrastructure we all benefit from even if you don't use them at all. In fact if you want to get really formal about, cyclist and pedestrians are the only ones with a right of way, cars need a licence which can be removed. Anyway I hope the truck driver is ok, most people I meet on the road are considerate and polite regardless of mode of their mode of transport, a little consideration is all that's usually needed.

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    IanW

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Curious that a story about Copdock should be illustrated with a picture of Washbrook. And a very OLD picture, unless I'm very much mistaken.

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    beerlover

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Whatever the rights and wrongs of the incident in question, the head in the door is clearly very wrong.

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    Alice

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

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