Search

Canadian diplomat’s chef pushed into oncoming traffic by angry motorist

PUBLISHED: 10:02 23 April 2012

Police are launching a witness appeal after a cyclist Gavin Sayer was punched to ground after a driver cut him up

Police are launching a witness appeal after a cyclist Gavin Sayer was punched to ground after a driver cut him up

© Nigel Sutton email pictures@nigelsuttonphotography.com

A personal chef to one of Canada’s highest ranking diplomats claims he was pushed into oncoming traffic by an angry motorist as he cycled home from work.

Fresh from a 14-hour shift serving Canada’s High Commissioner, 46-year-old Gavin Sayer says he was cut up by a blue Ford Focus on the final leg of his journey in Finchley Road.

Mr Sayer says he asked the driver, thought to be in his early 20s, if he had not seen him. The man then stepped out of his car and swung punches at Mr Sayer, he said.

The driver trashed his expensive bike and then began pushing the chef into the busy dual carriageway, he said.

“Because I was in my cycling shoes it was like being on roller blades, so I was just going further and further back as he pushed me towards oncoming traffic,” said Mr Sayer, of Crewys Road in Childs Hill.

“That’s when I decided enough was enough. I have three children at home and I wanted to get back to them so I managed to get him to the ground.”

Mr Sayer had finished work at the embassy in Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, and was heading home “lit up like a Christmas tree” in a fluorescent jacket, lights on the front and back of his bicycle and on the spokes of his wheels.

Handlebars

He says he had been looking forward to relaxing ahead of his birthday when a vehicle cut across him, forcing him to break violently.

The incident happened on March 28 at about 10.30pm at the junction of Hendon Way and Finchley Road in Fortune Green.

Though the 6ft 2in chef says he managed to deflect his assailant’s blows, the handlebars of his bike were bent out of shape.

Mr Sayer, who worked for the British embassy in New Zealand before coming to the UK, still managed to take part in a 100km bike ride a few days later in Canterbury despite the damage to his bike.

He wants to see the attacker brought to justice as he fears he could strike again and his next victim might not be so lucky.

“If this guy has done it once he will do it again,” said Mr Sayer. “It’s all right when you’re 6ft 2in, but if you’re some poor old boy trying to defend yourself it’s not nice. It’s never nice and I want the police to track him down.”

The suspect is described as white, 5ft 8ins, of large build and brown hair. He was wearing a brown T-shirt and jeans.

Police are appealing for witnesses. Call them on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 if you have information.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Yesterday, 18:31

Two moped muggers described by a judge as “personal crime waves” have been sentenced to more than three years detention.

Yesterday, 17:44

Neighbours in Primrose Hill are urging people to oppose plans for a new “mega basement”, at the former home of Hollywood stars Aaron and Sam Taylor-Johnson.

Yesterday, 16:51

East Finchley schoolchildren descended on Whitehall to protest against their loss of access to libraries in Barnet borough.

Yesterday, 14:54

The sparing of a nature reserve from closure following its take over by the HS2 High Speed railway line firm “pales into insignificance” when compared to disruption caused to homeowners, a critic has claimed.

Yesterday, 14:32

A mother-of-four is on a mission to transform the handwriting skills of schoolchildren.

Yesterday, 14:28

Two young thieves who terrorised women with a scooter-based crime spree have been locked up for a total of 15 years.

Yesterday, 13:15

A jealous Hornsey man has been jailed for six years for beating his partner with a ceramic frying pan – because she sent a text message.

Yesterday, 12:39

The Overground line between Barking and Gospel Oak could be closed over the Christmas period to allow electrification work to be completed.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Navigating divorce or separation when there are children involved can be emotionally difficult and confusing for everyone involved. Here, Jessica Palmer of Streathers Solicitors in Hampstead, offers answers to commonly asked questions

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now