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Appeal for witnesses to Clerkenwell hit-and-run bike crash

23 August, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

Police at the scene of the crash

CAFÉ workers rushed to lift a motorbike off a man after he was mowed down in a suspected hit-and-run attack.

A car was driving down Tysoe Street, Clerkenwell, when it suddenly circled around and crashed into a moped driver on Monday night, witnesses said.

Antzela Osmenai was working in the Briki café when she heard a loud “bang” and saw the car drive off, stop for a moment while one of the passengers opened the door to look back at the moped driver before speeding off towards Amwell Street.

She said: “I ran over to take the motorcycle off of him because I was sure he was in pain. I shouted at other people to get the car’s registration plate.

“He wasn’t moving so we tried to call the ambulance. There was a doctor there and she really helped. There was some blood on his face and he definitely had a lot of pain in his back and pelvis.” She added: “For sure they were after him.”

Police were called at about 5.30pm to reports of the collision.

The moped rider, aged 27, was taken to hospital by paramedics where his condition has been assessed as non-life-threatening.

No one has been arrested but a police spokesman said: “The car involved is believed to have fled the scene. At this early stage in the investigation, it is believed the car was deliberately driven at the moped.”

A cordon was put in place but the road has since reopened.

Tassos Katsikogiannis, who also works as a barista in Brika, said: “We all believe it was on purpose.”

Any witnesses or anyone with information can call police on 101 quoting CAD5705/19AUG.

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