Cyclist, 35, attacked by naked men in London reveals they attacked other bystanders


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A cyclist who was attacked by naked men in London has revealed the two assailants rampaged through the streets beating innocent bystanders before being arrested and released by police. 

The two men were spotted outside Elephant & Castle underground station on Thursday at around 2.30pm, one in their underpants and the other in the nude. 

The cyclist, a 35-year-old hairdresser who wishes to remain anonymous, was on his way to client’s house when he stopped at a set of traffic lights before he was randomly knocked off his bike by one of the men who took a run and jump at him.

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline about the experience, he explained that he had initially feared it may be part of a terror attack after discovering other people had been attacked by the pair. 

He said: ‘I thought it was more of a shove, I didn’t realise they took a run up and took a kick. 

‘I went down and I got back up and then fell over again and actually the traffic all the traffic went by and were like “oh my god what are they terrorists or something?”. It was all very strange how it happened. 

‘A guy came and helped me up and took me over to the side of the road and was like “Are you alright?” and checked me out.

The cyclist who was knocked off his bike (pictured with a different bike) by two naked men outside Elephant and Castle underground station has revealed the two assailants attacked other bystanders

The two men were spotted outside Elephant & Castle underground station on Thursday at around 2.30pm, one in their underpants and the other in the nude

The two men were spotted outside Elephant & Castle underground station on Thursday at around 2.30pm, one in their underpants and the other in the nude

‘Then he was like “Yeah they’ve just beat up a few other people” so there was more than one attack.

‘There were about four or five witnesses to a guy having his eye split open. They sat him down and looked after him.’ 

After toppling over in the road he has been left with bruises on his palms, elbow and shoulder and his bike and cycling glasses are left scratched.

Describing the moment he was kicked off his bike, he said: ‘For some reason I wasn’t looking the direction they were coming and I didn’t even notice them. 

The cyclist, a 35-year-old hairdresser (pictured) said he and other people initially feared the incident may be part of a terrorist attack

The cyclist, a 35-year-old hairdresser (pictured) said he and other people initially feared the incident may be part of a terrorist attack

In a bizarre series of events, the men were seen leaving Elephant & Castle tube station before one of them takes a running jump at his bike

In a bizarre series of events, the men were seen leaving Elephant & Castle tube station before one of them takes a running jump at his bike

Two naked men were caught on video attacking a cyclist in broad daylight in a busy London street after strolling brazenly out of Elephant & Castle underground station

‘I didn’t hear or feel anything, I just felt like I was being shoved to the ground.   

One part of the experience which particularly shocked the cyclist was the number of police officers which appeared on the scene within seconds of it happening.  

‘When I went to the other side of the road to speak to the guy who had also been beaten up literally police came from every single direction, even unmarked cars,’ he said. 

‘It was all very strange and I was just shocked. I stayed to give a statement to the police and they were like would you be willing to stand in court or press charges.

‘I said: “Well they f***** my glasses up and my bike’s all scratched so yeah”. I got kicked in the middle of the road so I am willing to go through whatever is needed.

‘There were about four or five witnesses to a guy having his eye split open. They sat him down and looked after him.’

A witness reported also seeing the men walking towards Elephant & Castle roundabout where they were arrested by the police

A witness reported also seeing the men walking towards Elephant & Castle roundabout where they were arrested by the police

A Met Police spokesperson told MailOnline yesterday two suspects, aged 32 and 26, were arrested after officers were called to Walworth Road SE1 to a report of the men ‘attacking people in the street’.  

‘One was reported to be naked and the other wearing only underpants. Officers attended,’ police said.

‘Two people were found suffering from minor injuries. Both said they had been attacked by two men who then walked off. One was allegedly pushed off his bike and the other assaulted.

‘The suspects, aged 32 and 26, were located and arrested following a struggle on suspicion of indecent exposure and ABH.

‘Both men were taken to hospital under Section 3 of the Mental Health Act and later returned to custody. They were then released under investigation.’

Guy Strafford-Taylor, who recorded the clip, can be heard letting out a slight laugh in shock at what he had just witnessed. 

 

People on Twitter explained they had also witnessed the naked men wandering in the street - with one person claiming the pair had been arrested

People on Twitter explained they had also witnessed the naked men wandering in the street – with one person claiming the pair had been arrested

Without even checking if the cyclist is ok, the pair continued to walk through the street. 

Mr Strafford-Taylor said he had begun filming the pair after he noticed they were naked and they were ‘shouting and causing a scene’.   

He said: ‘I saw them walking down the road and now both were naked. 

‘They were pushing people and rushing towards people in the bus stops. 

‘I tried to film again and they rushed towards my car so I bolted. The whole thing was quite bizarre.’

Other people on Twitter explained they had also witnessed the naked men wandering in the street.

One woman, who shared a picture of the pair, claimed they had been arrested further up the road. 

It is not known whether the men were pulling the stunt because they had lost a bet or were involved in an initiation stunt. 

Other social media users suggested that drug taking may have been a factor. 

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