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Police investigate hit and run during Norwich Cycle Swarm event

PUBLISHED: 07:36 07 May 2015 | UPDATED: 12:20 07 May 2015

Matt Waterman who was knocked over by a car during the Norwich Cycle Swarm

Matt Waterman who was knocked over by a car during the Norwich Cycle Swarm

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Three cyclists were left shaken and angry after they were struck by a hit and run driver during a Norwich bicycle event.

Investigations are underway to find the driver who struck Matthew Waterman, 25, who connected with two other cyclists as he fell down during the Norwich Cycle Swarm Event.

The incident happened as the cyclists were travelling down Calthorpe Street, in Ingham at around 10am on Bank Holiday Monday this week.

Norfolk Police have said that the driver of the vehicle was in a blue Honda CRV.

Mr Waterman of Sprowston, and Simon Bransby, 48, of Thorpe St Andrew both suffered cuts and bruises and were unable to finish the event. The third cyclist involved was able to get back onto his bike and carry on.

Mr Waterman said: “I was with a group of seven cyclists and we could see the car driving towards us.

“We signalled for it to slow down but it didn’t do so and it caught me on the side, and knocked me and the other two cyclists down. I looked out for the car behind me but it just drove away.

“It was very frustrating that I was hit and I was unable to continue because of the driver who decided not to stop.”

His bicycle was deemed not repairable, but the £600 cycle was insured.

Mr Bransby said: “I was really shaken up and was physically shaking after the crash.

“I had been looking forward to taking part in the Cycle Swarm which turned out to be a really great event, but I was shocked and annoyed at how it ended with me and my bike being driven away because of a crash.

“I only brought the bicycle a week before, but now I will need to wait and see whether it is repairable.”

The third Norwich Cycle Swarm event allowed cyclists to take part in either 35, 70 or 100 mile cycle rides. Cyclists started and finished at Norwich City’s Carrow Road ground and headed out towards the North Norfolk coast.

Matt Parkhouse, the Norwich Cycle Swarm’s organiser said: “With over 700 entrants and more than 50,000 miles cycled in total, this year’s event was a great success.

“This was a unique incident and our first aid team were on the scene in minutes to treat the minor injuries.

“We are cooperating fully with the Norfolk Police and would urge the driver to come forward”.

•Anyone with information should contact Norfolk Constabulary on 101.


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