A British cycling legend and former British champion is joining Nottinghamshire Police Force in appealing for witnesses to a hit and run incident which has left him needing to wear a leg brace for the next three months

Dean ‘Deano’ Downing 40 from South Yorkshire was knocked off his bike by the actions of the driver of the van, whilst out riding with his training partner Leigh Holmes just outside Blyth, Notts on the 17th July 2015.

The white traffic management van began to overtake the two riders on Retford Road, Blyth at around 13:30.  The van driver suddenly cut back in to the left to avoid a bollard in the middle of the road causing Dean to lose control of his bike and hit the bollard and then a lamppost.

The van driver didn’t stop.

Dean and Nottinghamshire police are now appealing for anyone with any information about the incident to come forward and contact Leigh Day or the police.

One of the UK’s best known and most respected British cyclists, Dean retired last year after having ridden for nearly 20 years at the highest level and with many victories at home and abroad to his name, including the British circuit race championships twice and the Lincoln GP.

Dean will be looked after at HMT hospitals, supporters of the JLT Condor pro cycling team and the Polypipe cycling squad.

Dean said: “I could have been killed, as I hit the bollard and lamppost and landed in middle of other side of road. I was very lucky there was no oncoming traffic or I could have been more seriously injured”

Ben Hacking, from the cycling team at law firm Leigh Day, who is dealing with Dean’s claim, said: “I would ask for anyone with any information about the van or even if it is the driver who may not have realized what happened at the time and drove off, to please come forward and help us with our enquiries”

PC Leanne Dawes of Nottinghamshire Police said: “We are urging the driver of the van or anyone who has any information which could assist to come forward.

“The driver may not have realised what happened but we need them to make contact to help with our enquiries.

“This incident left both cyclists understandably shaken. There were other drivers on the road at the time and we would ask anyone who witnessed this incident to get in touch as soon as possible.”