Man threatened with hammer in crime spree

A CYCLIST was the victim of a road rage attack as she rode through Blubberhouses with her husband and daughter.

She was cycling through the village at 2.30pm last Friday afternoon when the driver of a white Audi A3 appeared to speed deliberately towards her.

She managed to avoid being hit, but then the driver got out and threatened her.

Police are appealing for information as they believe the driver may be connected to a second attack which took place a short time later, in nearby Greenhow Hill near Pateley Bridge.

A workman was approached by the driver of a white Audi at 3.10pm, who spoke briefly with him before stealing a hammer from his car and threatening him with it.

At just after 3.20pm an Audi was seen driving at high speed along the B6265 near Coldstones Quarry and a short time later it left the road, crashing into a field.

The driver, a 43-year-old man from Leeds, was taken to Leeds General Infirmary but later discharged. He is currently receiving further treatment in Bradford.

TC Andy Macleod, of North Yorkshire Police’s roads policing group, said: “I would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the manner of driving of the Audi A3 or may have spoken to the driver, who may have been acting in a unusual manner, around the time of the incidents.”

Police are particularly interested in talking to the driver of a second car, possibly a light coloured Ford Fiesta or similar, who stopped at the scene of the Blubberhouses attack and spoke to the driver of the Audi.

Anyone who can help police with their enquiries is asked to contact TC Macleod on 0845 6060247 quoting reference number 12110090904.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555111.