Police in Southwark Borough have released CCTV images of a cyclist they ‘would like to speak to’ in connection with a collision that has left a woman with severe facial injuries.
44 year old Andrea McVeigh was struck by the cyclist on the footpath after crossing Abbey Street at the junction of Tower Bridge at around 6 pm on Tuesday 14th April.
She fell to the ground and ‘suffered significant facial injuries.’
London Ambulance Service were called and she was taken to St Thomas’ hospital.
The cyclist left prior to the arrival of police and the ambulance service.
Andrea’s ordeal and police action to track down the cyclist responsible accelerated when she took to Twitter to complain about what had happened and highlight the dangers of cyclists riding on pavements.
Andrea is a professional social media editor and by publishing her injuries she’s galvanized the mainstream media and police to release CCTV of the ‘hit and run cyclist.’
Police Sergeant David Hunt, Cathedrals Safer Neighbourhoods Team, said:
We are keen to trace the man pictured in the image. The victim sustained significant facial injuries and if not for her husband and a member of the public stopping to help she would have been left on that footpath.
I would encourage anyone who recognises him to contact us immediately.
Chief Superintendent Zander Gibson, Borough Commander for Southwark, said:
On Monday this incident was brought to my attention during a Twitter chat. It must have been an awful encounter for the victim, both physically and emotionally and she has my heartfelt sympathy for what she went through. We sent an officer to the scene and they completed an investigation.
There was a delay in following this investigation up but I am confident we are now taking appropriate steps to identify the person responsible. The vast majority of cyclists are decent honest hardworking people but in this case I think the person responsible for knocking the victim over needs to explain their actions to us. I’d encourage them to get in touch at the earliest opportunity.
Andrea’s Twitter account @worldinaglass has put out her own appeal which has been retweeted 1.2k times.