Northumberland cyclist seriously injured as police launch appeal to find BMW passenger

Northumbria Police appeal for information after man was seriously injured on A1068 in Ashington
Northumbria Police appeal for information after man was seriously injured on A1068 in Ashington -Credit:Northumbria Police

Northumbria Police are appealing for information after a man was seriously injured on the A1068 in Ashington. At 6.30pm on Tuesday, May 14, police received a report that a man on a bicycle had been injured in Northumberland.

It was reported that the man had been travelling north towards Linton, between 6pm and 6.30pm that day when a red BMW drove beside him. Police say it is understood that a male passenger from the vehicle leaned out through the window and pushed the man off his bike.

The driver and occupants of the BMW left the scene, with the man, in his 40s, sustaining a broken shoulder, as well as cuts and bruises. Officers have launched a full investigation to determine the circumstances surrounding the report, which they are treating as a suspected assault.

Detective Inspector Andrew Doyle, of Northumbria Police, said: "This was a serious incident which has left a man with severe and lasting injuries. We wish him a speedy recovery and we will do everything we can to ensure those involved are identified and dealt with.

"Enquiries are underway to locate the individuals and car involved. We’re asking the public if they witnessed the vehicle believed to have been involved travelling around the Ashington area either before the incident occurred, or shortly after.

"Please check CCTV, doorbell and dashcam footage between those times on Tuesday, they might have recorded something which could greatly assist our investigation. We’d also like to take this opportunity to appeal directly to the driver or passenger of the BMW to get in touch with us and help us understand what happened.

"It was also reported that a number of people stopped at the scene to assist the man who was injured, some of whom we’ve been unable to speak to. If you were one of these people, please get in touch with us – you may have information which could prove invaluable."

Anyone with information or footage should get in touch by using the ‘Report’ page of the Northumbria Police website or by calling 101 and quoting log NP-20240514-0964.