Friday 1 October 2010

Cyclists assaulted in Hackney

TWO men have been arrested in relation to a spate of assaults and muggings of cyclists on a leafy stretch of De Beauvoir Road.

The muggings came to light after an internet blogger recounted being brutally assaulted earlier this month as he rode home on the junction between De Beauvoir Rd and Northchurch Rd, in the early hours of the morning.

Another cyclist, Peter Kimpton, was attacked by two masked robbers in exactly the same spot in August 2008.

Mr Kimpton, who had to undergo plastic surgery on his face as a result of being repeatedly struck with the D-lock of his bike during the assault, said: “I never go that route these days, but I’m exasperated to hear that it is still happening and nothing has been done to warn cyclists.”

A police spokeswoman would not disclose how many incidents had occurred in the vicinity of De Beauvoir Square.