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In November I was knocked off my bicycle by a car which failed to stop at a roundabout. The force of the impact was sufficient to buckle both wheels and cause cuts to my leg. 

The driver of the car stopped and he admitted liability, he even offered me £20.00 to have my bicycle repaired, but he refused to provide me with his name and address when I requested it. 

I made an audio recording of most of the conversation I had with the driver and the driver’s wife, and I provided the police with a copy of it, along with a detailed written statement, and photographs of my injuries. 

However, 56824 Alan Cartwright of the Traffic Process Department Criminal Justice Services has refused to take any action, and he has decided that “the matter should be filed without any further investigation” because there were “no independent witnesses to corroborate the information provided”, and he advised that the matter should be dealt with as a civil matter by my insurance company!

As you are no doubt well aware, failure to provide your name and address after you have caused an accident on the road is a criminal offence (paragraph 168 of the Road Traffic Act), and the subsequent exchange of texts between the driver and myself prove that he did fail to do so. There is therefore no reason whatsoever for not prosecuting the driver in this matter, and it must surely be in the public interest to do so.

This is clear evidence of police bias against cyclists.  

Full details of this matter can be found at www.policewatch.moonfruit.com

 

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Comment by ARKrider on January 15, 2016 at 20:17

Birmingham police 100% don't give a darn dam about cyclists. I have witnessed cyclist on the pavment tare passed police at speed, and police don't do anything. A cyclist near Perry Bar jumped a red light in front of police, and the police car did nothing.

You want to speak to Kev R as well. Kev R a camera cyclist had a van try and deliberately run him off the road. It was all on camera, and sent to police. The police responded saying it was Kev R's fault for riding inappropriately . 

Comment by Stephen Hunt on January 18, 2016 at 15:44

Could you let me have Kev R's contact details?

Comment by Stephen Perrin on February 3, 2016 at 23:26

In a word, despite their assertions otherwise, the answer is: Yes.

There are two courses to take. Either grin and bear it or tool up with cameras - to make a noise or just in case.

Comment by Stephen Hunt on February 6, 2016 at 10:38

It doesn't matter how many cameras you have on you if the police are not going to take any action. The West Midlands Police force is corrupt throughout (go to www.policewatch.moonfruit.com, if you don't believe me) and until we have honest coppers on the beat then cyclists are not going to get the justice they are entitled to.

Comment by Diesel Domestique on April 1, 2017 at 19:01

Will be able to add more after meeting them tomorrow to discuss road rage incident at 5 Ways last Tuesday evening - see my discussion item under For Sale /Wanted/ etc. Wanted being the important word - HD video and independent witness (also a cyclist) so should be interesting to see what they do.

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