A POLICE investigation is under way after a cyclist got knocked off his bike by a police car.

Joseph Ellis, from Sholing, was cycling home from work along Cobbett Road, in Midanbury, when a police car indicated and pulled out from some parked cars, hitting him as he rode past.

The 37-year-old was thrown across the bonnet of the car and hit the ground, injuring his shoulder, just after 4pm, on Tuesday afternoon.

The 27-year-old officer, based at Bitterne, immediately got out of the patrol car, apologised and called an ambulance.

Paramedics treated Mr Ellis at the scene before he was allowed to head home.

The officer has been temporarily suspended from driving duties, as is standard procedure after such an incident.