There are, I fear, inaccuracies in the latest CTC magazine 'Road Safety Watch' about my experiences in two quite separate incidents.
1. On 4th November 2010, I was threatened by a motorist. I had helmet cam footage and took it to the police. Initially the Police and CPS decided to take no action. I complained, did get a response, and an investigation is now taking place. I had a letter from a Senior Crown Prosecutor yesterday telling me that the police had been asked to make further enquiries. I do not know, but I interpret this as suggesting that the police have still not interviewed the suspect. I await further developments.
2. On 12th December 2010, a motorist jumped out of his car and assaulted me and a club-mate. I did not have my camera but there was overwhelming evidence including that of an independant witness. The motorist was traced by the police, interviewed, accepted his guilt and was given a police caution. I queried the decision to caution the offender with the Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police. I received an e mail yesterday apologising for delay and saying that this would be investigated by an Inspector. I have asked Thames Valley Police for the name and address of my assailant but have been told that this request will not be considered until I put it into a letter.
I have separately written to the Home Secretary but have still not received any substantive response. I will now have to take this up with my own MP.
Thursday, 27 January 2011
CTC Cycle Magazine Article Clarification and Update
Posted by Martin Porter at 13:06
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Had you been turned into a Paralympic medal winning athlete as a result of the push you received the CPS & Police may well be telling you "It was for the best" !ReplyDelete
These people in those organisations ONLY act out of self interest . Why should they make an effort unless pushed into taking action ?
IT IS THEIR JOB to look out for the cyclist and see fair treatment , but that is to hard for them as it means WORK . Far easier to take the soft option , less chance of upsetting the likes of jeremy clarkson and others of his ilk.