CCTV images have been released of a car which police believe is part of a hit-and-run investigation in Ilminster.

A Good Samaritan was left injured and in shock after he was involved in the road rage attack while helping a cyclist on the side of the road.

The incident happened at around 10.20am on Saturday at Barrington Hill towards Horton.

Police say a 51-year-old man motorist stopped to help a cyclist who had veered off to the side of the road when a black VW Golf travelling towards Taunton overtook in an “aggressive manner”.

When the man was helping the cyclist, the driver of the Golf turned around, pulled up behind his blue Renault Scenic car and shouted abuse at him, say officers.

He was then said to have revved his engine before driving at the Scenic driver, throwing him into the air and leaving him with serious bruising and shock.

The attacker then drove off in the Horton direction. The victim was treated by paramedics at the scene.

CCTV images released by Avon and Somerset Police of the car.

The police say: "We need to trace this vehicle and its driver as part of an investigation into a hit and run collision near Ilminster."

Sgt Rob Jameson, said: “This is clearly a very serious incident and I would encourage anybody with any knowledge of people involved or if anyone saw a black VW Golf being driven badly to get in touch with us.”

Mayor of Ilminster Emma Jane Taylorsaid: “I was shocked and saddened to hear of the hit and run incident. I would like to wish the individuals affected by the incident a speedy recovery.”

A 23-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident but has since been released without charge.

Call police on 101 and quote log 430 of 21/06/14.