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Verbal Abuse and then Driven At

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by AndyB, 28 Feb 2008.

  1. AndyB

    AndyB New Member

    Location:
    Heathrow / Staines
    So I am heading home and a red escort convertible pulls out of a side street on the right causing me to have concerns that our paths were about to intersect.
    He sees me, waits and I pass.
    As I pass he shouts "F___ YOU!"
    I then stop and ask "What?"
    He then shouts "Come on then!" and drives the car right at me.

    Stubborn cyclist mode kicks in and I don't flinch even though he stops about 6 inches from my back wheel.

    He then revs his engine angrily and off he goes on his way.

    Got the plate R659 UJH using the old repeat to self until you get a pen method and best of all got the entire thing on the old helmet cam.

    This is the first real agressive road rage I have been on the end of since getting the cam and I will be reporting it to the police tomorrow. I thought of maybe going down to the station tonight while it is still fresh in my mind.

    I haven't put the footage on youtube yet as I'm not sure if it would mean the police could no longer use it?

    I will keep you updated.

    Andy
     
  2. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    Location:
    middle of Norfolk
    Take the footage to plod. Report what happened. This sort of thing where the car is used as a weapon should not have to be tolerated.
     
  3. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    Straight to the police with that one. Absolutely! Anyone who even threatens to use their vehicle as a weapon should be instantly banned plus some.

    Probably best to keep the footage out of public view for the moment. As you say I'm not sure how publication would go down if it was to be taken as evidence.

    Just make sure you don't change the original recording at all. Keep it where it is and don't modify it in any way.

    Good luck!
     
  4. OP
    OP
    AndyB

    AndyB New Member

    Location:
    Heathrow / Staines
    I pass the Police Station on the way into work so I will pop in and report it.

    They have been pretty good in the past at following this type of thing up.
    So it will be interesting to see what they make of the video.
     
  5. gambatte

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    Location:
    S Yorks
    Could give 'em a bell tonight to actually report it, let them know you're coming in tomorrow. Might save time?
     
  6. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    If you've got video evidence then they've got no excuse for not bothering to do anything about it. They might try and forget about it, so keep going back and hassling them again and again until he gets prosecuted.
     
  7. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    Glad you're OK Andy! What a tosser, I hope they throw the book at him for that, especially now he's on video.
     
  8. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Glad you came out in one piece Andy, don't expect much from plod though they will just laugh at you when they find out your 'just a cyclist'.
     
  9. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    Hopefully you've got it on film.

    Take it to the Police and give them a chance to do something.
     
  10. Another vote for reporting it. The twat.
     
  11. OP
    OP
    AndyB

    AndyB New Member

    Location:
    Heathrow / Staines
    I popped into the station today and explained what had happened.

    Initially it was the usual case of "well we can make an allegation of bad driving but without a witness..."

    I said I have the whole thing on video if that helps.

    The mood quickly became more positive and he said he would talk to one of his colleagues and that I should receive a phone call later today.

    I will keep you guys updated.
     
  12. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    The utter utter tw@t. That's some seriously bad attitude!!!
     
  13. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    good man

    'come on then' and drive a car at a cyclist

    words really do fail me
     
  14. Flying_Monkey

    Flying_Monkey Toll Collector on the Road to Nowhere

    That's certainly one way helmet cams (same as with CCTV) help. It seems to make no difference to prevention, but makes the prospect of an admission, a guilty plea or a conviction (and therefore a clearner, cheaper, quicker clear-up) much more likely...

    I hope they take this seriously now.
     
  15. spindrift

    spindrift New Member

    Got a clip?