Thug hunted over drive-by bike attack

Scott Parry
Scott Parry

A WIGAN cyclist has told of his terror after yobs in a passing car sent him flying.

Scott Parry was hospitalised as a result of the idiotic drive-by attack on the busy Pottery Road, near Wigan Pier.

The 25-year-old was on his way to his father’s and was cycling in the bus and taxi lane, which can also be used by cyclists, at around 9am on Saturday when a white Mini Cooper with a black roof drew up alongside him.

The front seat passenger then leaned out of the window and pushed Scott, who was travelling at speed, causing him to crash to the ground.

Fortunately, Scott was wearing a helmet but that was cracked and was left irreparable, such was the impact with the ground as he hit the kerb and fell onto the pavement.

The car then sped off up along the one-way system, however it isn’t known for sure whether the driver turned right towards Miry Lane and Wigan town centre or left towards Newtown.

Scott today described the culprit as a “coward.”

He has also thanked the many kind-hearted bystanders who were quick to help him by ringing the police and an ambulance.

He said: “Thankfully I wasn’t seriously injured but it would have been far worse had I not been wearing my helmet. Unfortunately I didn’t get a good look inside the car, but I heard a male voice laugh as I was pushed and saw that it was a white Mini with a black roof.

“I can’t believe someone would do something so dangerous, it could have ended so much worse.

“I was badly cut and bruised and I was taken to hospital and have had to go back in for a check-up.

“There were lots of people crowded around me after it happened and the people who came to my aid were absolutely fantastic and restored my faith in humanity straight away.

“There was a bus behind me and the driver got out to help me as well as other drivers, people walking nearby and in particular the staff at the Nissan garage who took me in, gave me a cup of coffee and got me an ambulance.

“I hope someone knows something as this could have happened to a child or someone not wearing a helmet, which could have ended so much worse.”

A police spokesman said officers were investigating the incident as a case of actual bodily harm.

An appeal has been launched for anyone with any information to come forward and call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.