Cyclist "hit and run" Daily Mail bum gravy.

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by spindrift, 17 Jun 2008.

  1. spindrift

    spindrift New Member

  2. OP

    spindrift New Member

    I'll be interested to see whether they dare print it.

    If they do, I promise to attend the next CM in a flowery summer frock mate.

    I reckon that cyclist, haveing been accused in print of "speeding" (no such offence) and leaving the scene of an accident may well have a claim for libel, the PCC at the very least!
  3. TWBNK

    TWBNK Well-Known Member

    Wow, I love the daily mail. I gave up trying to post comments that don't jump on the bandwaggon of hysteria because somehow they just don't get published.

    I don't know why but I still buy it though.
  4. Smoothhound

    Smoothhound New Member

    The Daily Mail always has to twist any story to fit it's relentlessly negative world view. Embellishment, mis-representation and outright lying are all acceptable in order to achieve it ;)
  5. benjus

    benjus New Member

    Did you know that thisisgloucestershire originally reported this as a hit & run?

    Seems like a typical Daily Mail tactic - report without the full facts on the most hysteria-inducing scenario, then do another report and conveniently forget the first one. Of course, the entire thisis... network, and the local newspapers they publish are owned by the Daily Mail group. The Gloucester newpapers published in thisisgloucestershire are published by GloucestershireMedia, which is part of Northcliffe Media, which is part of the Daily Mail group.

    The police confirm that the cyclist stayed at the scene: News/Press Releases/2008/June/item8336.html

    However, if she was cycling on the pavement when she hit the girl she doesn't deserve much sympathy even if she did stop. Pavement cycling is one of the things we are most criticised for, and there really isn't any excuse for doing it.
  6. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Yeah adults cycling at speed on the pavements are an absolute menace. She should be dealt with in the harshest possible way if found guilty.
  7. Riding in Circles

    Riding in Circles Veteran

    It looks like one of those roads closed off with bollards, it is probably one of the local cycle routes. I expect it was one of those happened in a moment things where the kid stepped backwards off the kerb and bounced off the cycle into the bollard, cyclist distracted by the workman fixing the doorbell and so not paying full attention on a route she rides everyday, kid not paying attention either and wham, if she had missed the bollard it would have been a cut knee and crying, as it is I can only say I'm glad it looks like she will make a full recovery.
  8. andyfromotley

    andyfromotley New Member

    Otley, west yorks
    I'm sorry am i going mad?? Did the mail article say this was a hit and run?? Its just i read it and didnt see that anywhere in the article, although of course i may have missed it.
    Please clarify...i am confused
  9. benjus

    benjus New Member

    Notice the date:
    Google cache still has the previous version:

  10. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    Also the link name gives it away slightly:


    They are stuck with that!
  11. OP

    spindrift New Member

    Lying bags of sh1te.
  12. Disgruntled Goat

    Disgruntled Goat New Member

    What, hung drawn and quartered? Disembowelled? Lynched with cheese wire?
  13. OP

    spindrift New Member

    If she was on the pavement she'd have been arrested.
  14. Nigeyy

    Nigeyy Guru

    Massachusetts, USA
    Funny, when I first read the article I thought it did mention hit and run. Went back after your post to read it again, and no mention of it. Thanks Benjus for posting the google cache version -that explains it! Of course, no mention of an apology -if I was the cyclist, I'd definitely want an apology from the Mail.

    However, what's even scarier is reading the comments given on the Mail article web page. It's pretty much all one way traffic -one can only hope they will be so rabidly for sternly prosecuting a motorist when they mow down a cyclist. Well, we can hope can't we?

    It's going to be interesting to see how the story unravels -what really happened, where the cyclist was, how fast she was going, etc. I'm sure the truth can never interfere with a good sensational news story though.

    Anyway, regardless of all of that, the most important thing is that I hope the little girl is OK.

  15. OP

    spindrift New Member

    Good work benjus!
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