Alex Bowden August 19 2017
Today’s near miss sees a white Audi overtake at speed on a 30mph dual carriageway before turning left from the outside lane, narrowly avoiding a collision with a cyclist. Although the footage was brought to their attention, Greater Manchester Police are said not to have investigated as there was no complaint from the cyclist.
The incident took place in late June on Chester Road in Old Trafford at the junction with Great Stone Road.
Andy, who sent us the video, said it was taken from the dash cam of a close family member as she was driving home from work.
“As a responsible citizen and with nothing to gain from this herself she sent the video to the police as they have recently publicised an initiative/campaign to make the roads safer for cyclists as part of Operation Considerate.
“We heard nothing back from the police, so I contacted Operation Considerate myself last week and was told the case was not going to be further investigated as the cyclist had not come forward.
“There were no issues with the quality of the footage or identifying the registration number of the car – it was simply that they had been given guidance from the Crown Prosecution Service not to even send cases to them for prosecution where there was no complaint from the person actually affected by the incident, i.e. in this case the unidentified cyclist.
“I was also told that they don’t re-contact people who send these videos in unless they are to be called to court, so we would never have been told about this if I’d not got in touch.
“We were not happy with this decision. Not only did the footage show a blatantly dangerous bit of driving but it also seems that the police have failed to send out a Notice of Intended Prosecution to the driver so any opportunity to prosecute is now effectively lost as they have not complied with correct procedure.”
Andy went on to say that he had recently reported a separate close pass incident to a neighbouring police force which was dealt with “professionally and thoroughly.” He added that the bad driving in that particular incident, “was much less appalling than the one in the attached video.”
Greater Manchester Police has been contacted for comment.