Clipstone hit and run cyclist in appeal for justice

Mansfield Road, Clipstone, scene of a hit and run incident.
Mansfield Road, Clipstone, scene of a hit and run incident.
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A CYCLIST who was chased up the pavement by a car, hit three times and smashed into a wall is appealing to find the driver who left him for dead.

Mark Weats (44), of Clipstone, is lucky to be alive following the horrific incident and now wants the culprit brought to justice.

The dad-of-three was cycling home along Mansfield Road, in Clipstone, when a silver or light coloured car mounted the curb and drove at him.

Mark was left unconscious after being hit from behind three times and smashed into a wall.

He thinks the attack happened because his bike went over a pot hole and sent a pebble into the car’s wing mirror.

Witnesses say there was a female passenger in the car filming the attack on her phone.

Wife Cheri said: “The car went up the kerb and chased him along the pavement

“He could have died, his eye socket was nearly pulled out. All he can remember is his bike wheel going under the car.

“He received extensive injuries on his body and face. It’s the emotional side of it which is most difficult, he’s still not sleeping properly because it is mentally draining.

“Everybody in the community was shocked by it. The people living nearby who saw it happen have been traumatised as well.”

Cheri and Mark are desperate for anyone with information about the incident, which happened at 10.30pm on Sunday 22nd July, to contact police.

Cheri added: “Someone out there must know who did this to Mark.

“Seeing the man jailed for the hit and run on PC Diederik Coetzee has brought it all back for us. We want justice as well.”

A spokesman from Nottinghamshire police said: “We are looking for the driver of the car on suspicion of causing grevious bodily harm.

“Anyone who knows who did it or knows anything about the car which may have been repaired afterwards should call us on 101 straight away.”