A 65-year-old cyclist has been charged by the London Police Service for harassing people in parks.
In 2003, an unidentified male cyclist began to bother members of the local cross-country and marathon running community along shared pathways in city parks. At the time, the identity of the male was not known, however he was readily identifiable due to the dangerous way he drove his bike, not to mention, he the black leotard he always wore.
Isolated at first, the incidents escalated over the next two years to the point where participants and volunteers involved in various charity events found themselves endangered by his actions.
The cyclist was identified in 2005 and warned by police, yet his actions continued. He would ride at high-speed toward or intentionally shoulder-checking runners and walkers, forcing them off the paths.
On Dec. 2, the accused rode directly into an experienced 37-year-old runner, knocking her down from behind then continued to ride over her. She sustained serious injuries including a concussion, broken ribs, pulled neck and severe contusions to her face, including two black eyes.
An in-depth investigation into the actions of the cyclist conducted has resulted in a number of charges being laid.
Sixty-year-old Wayne Morrison of London stands accused of:
• Assault causing bodily harm
• Assault with a weapon (bicycle)
• Mischief by interfering with lawful use and enjoyment of property
• Common nuisance
None of these charges have been proven in a court of law.