Video: Hunt for 'Holborn headbutter' who attacked City worker after confrontation over bike

A cyclist dubbed the "Holborn headbutter" is being hunted by police after attacking a city worker who confronted him over jumping a red light.

The 57-year-old victim, who narrowly avoided being run down by the cyclist as he cross the road, was left needing stitches for a cut above his eye following the attack on August 22.

The City of London Police yesterday released footage of the incident in Farringdon Street, central London, showing the confrontation.

The incident will bring back memories of the so-called "Putney Pusher", who escaped justice after shoving a woman in front of a bus in London in May 2017. 

Officers are now hunting the cyclist, who is described as “a white man in his 40s, around 5ft 10ins, of medium build, with short greying hair.” He was not wearing a helmet and was not riding in the designated cycle lane.

Travelling at speed, he narrowly missed the city worker, who was returning to his office after getting lunch, witnesses told the Telegraph.

Instead of riding on, the cyclist turned around and shouted aggressively at the man before charging at him and knocking him to the ground with a headbutt. The cyclist then got back on his bike and rode off, leaving the stricken man writhing in pain on the ground.

Pietro D’Acati, manager of a nearby Eat sandwich shop, saw the incident and rushed out to treat the victim with ice. He said: "The gentleman was in a state of shock and bleeding quite seriously. I told him he needed to call an ambulance but he was reluctant to.

“With the help of some passers by, we picked him up and sat him on the chairs outside Pret a Manger, just next door.”

Violmantas Voroninas, the manager of Pret a Manger, told The Telegraph that he came out with a first aid kit and sterilised the cut.

“I could see he would need stitches. It was really nasty,” he said.

“We sat him down and offered him a new lunch, because his had spilt all over the pavement. We gave him an egg mayonnaise sandwich and a bottle of water.”

Mr Voroninas, whose shop sits near the offices of Deloitte, Goldman Sachs and Lexis Nexis, said he had seen the victim on Monday, and he was thankful for the help he received. 

The City of London Police released CCTV in an attempt to identify the cyclist, calling his actions “needlessly violent.”

The video footage also shows a key witness perched on a cargo bike just feet from the violent attack. A rider for the company ‘Pedal Me’, which delivers packages and people around the capital, is understood to be helping the police with their investigation.

Fran Graham, from the London Cycling Campaign said: “One idiot should not represent an entire mode of transport. “Cycling can do so much good for our city in reducing pollution and moving people efficiently, but everyone should obey the highway code. We hope this individual is identified and dealt with by the police.”