This Sickening Story Has Me Baying For Blood
I got home a little early this evening, so took Huge Dalmatian for a longer walk than usual. As we were heading down the slope to Long Sands, I noticed a guy limping along behind us, and recognised him as a retired army PT instructor that I’ve sometimes chatted to when out running. I guess he’s in his sixties, and was running 50+ miles a week at a pace that used to make me cry.
I assumed that he’d picked up a running injury, so waited for him to catch up to ask what he’d done to himself. Turns out that these were cycling injuries he was recovering from, but not from any sort of accident.
He’d been riding along a couple of months ago, and then the next thing he remembers is waking up in hospital with a policeman waiting to take a statement from him. A witness said that they saw a car (red Renault Clio - didn’t get number plate details) pull alongside him, and the passenger push him off his bike.
A few seconds Googling threw up a long list of similar incidents, and really, DON’T read the comments on this one. According to the police my retired PT instructor spoke to, this is an increasingly common form of assault, and the trick they pull is to turn the engine off & coast alongside, so you don’t even hear them coming. Finding out that there are people like that living near here makes my blood run cold.
I mean seriously, what the hell is wrong with these people?