Jail for ‘smirking’ driver caught on camera knocking cyclist off bike

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A driver who deliberately drove into a cyclist, leaving him with broken ribs and a punctured lung, has been jailed for two years.

The incident in Selby, North Yorkshire, was captured on the rider’s handlebar-cam.

Officers said Heslop cut across the path of the cyclist, who shook his head at him due to the way he was driving.

Heslop then carried out a series of dangerous manoeuvres, braking sharply for no apparent reason.

A few seconds later, Heslop deliberately drove into the cyclist, knocking him off his bike and leaving him with a number of broken ribs and a partially collapsed lung.

The force said Heslop then drove off, leaving the cyclist injured in the road.

A spokesman said: “A nearby witness who came to the cyclist’s aid remarked on Heslop’s smirk as he drove off.”

Pc Richard Stagg said: “It’s not quite clear what Heslop hoped to achieve by his intimidating and ultimately dangerous behaviour towards the cyclist.

“But I hope this case sends a clear message to motorists who think they can get away with such aggressive behaviour towards other road users.

William Status Heslop, who was jailed for two years (North Yorkshire Police/PA)

North Yorkshire Police said Heslop, of Laurel Close, Thorpe Willoughby, was jailed for two years at York Crown Court on Friday, banned from driving for three years and ordered to take an extended driving test when his ban is over.

He admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving at an earlier hearing.

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