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Officers eventually interviewed cyclist two hours after collision

A Surrey cyclist whose leg was broken after he was hit by a car has lodged an official complaint after police failed to attend the incident.

Mike Preece, aged 42, was hit by a Ford Mondeo in Weybridge as he cycled home from work, reports GetSurrey.co.uk.

The 42-year-old rang the emergency services but while paramedics arrived, police failed to do so and he was later told that they were too busy.

While the cyclist believes that the crash was an accident, he added that he would have liked police to come and investigate.

He said: “I was lying in a heap on the floor. I phoned the police. They asked if I wanted them to come out.

“I said ‘isn’t it your job to investigate?’”

Because his bike wouldn’t fit in the car of the paramedic who treated him, Mr Preece started to make his own way to the NHS walk-in emergency treatment centre in Weybridge, and was picked up by a passing motorist.

He subsequently found out that his leg had been broken in the collision, and eventually police arrived at the walk-in centre to speak to him.

He went on: “I am really shocked about what happened. I phoned up the next morning to find out why they didn’t come out and they said they were quite busy.

“You want someone there to back you up. I am battered and bruised. I can’t walk. The pain is all down my left side.”

Mr Preece, from Guildford, has lodged a complaint with the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

A spokeswoman from Surrey Police told GetSurey.co.uk that they had logged a call from him at 5.57pm on the day in question.

“Due to the minor nature of his injuries, and other operational priorities, officers did not immediately attend the scene,” she said.

“However, a call was made to Mr Preece around 20 minutes after the original call, offering him three options – to wait where he was to be seen by a police officer, for a police officer to visit him at home, or for him to attend his nearest police station.

“At this point Mr Preece ended the call.”

She added that an officer took a statement from him at the NHS walk-in centre, and told him the Traffic Processing Unit would contact him inside a fortnight.

“An account has also been taken from the other party involved and a check has been carried out on the vehicle,” she added.

“The file has been submitted to the traffic and process unit and a decision will be made as to whether any further investigation will be required.”

Organisations including RoadSafe, CTC and British Cycling have lobbied the government to review the investigation, prosecution and sentencing of cases in which cyclists and other vulnerable road users are the victims.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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stem [35 posts] 2 years ago
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I'm guessing no breathaliser sample was taken from the driver then.

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nicholassmith [92 posts] 2 years ago
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'“Due to the minor nature of his injuries, and other operational priorities, officers did not immediately attend the scene,” she said.'

Contador has set some expectations of how cyclists can handle a broken leg hasn't he.

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pikeamus [48 posts] 2 years ago
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I'm confused, I thought that the default for police in an incident where a road user was injured would be to attend the scene at least. I also thought breathalising those involved was the standard procedure (for which they'd obviously have to be present), though I admit that this is just an impression gleaned from media consumption, not based on anything.

Additionally, I don't think I would call a broken leg a "minor" injury.

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Yorkshie Whippet [530 posts] 2 years ago
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Better response than the one I got a number of years ago. Still not a good one. Often wonder how quickly the police would attend if a water bottle went through a window?

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Tom Amos [236 posts] 2 years ago
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Interesting. When Wiggins got knocked off, didn't six police cars attend?

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gazza_d [461 posts] 2 years ago
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If you go down, stay down until they arrive.

Moan about back/neck pain if necessary until full ambulance and police arrive.

This is a disgrace, think there is an issue with the care he received from the Ambulance service as well. Only sending a rapid response then leaving him to make his own way to a walk in centre with a broken leg.

Sounds like he possibly did the "I'm fine" routine, and this was accepted at face value by both services, but a failure in duty of care regardless

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farrell [1950 posts] 2 years ago
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I got knocked off by a policeman, he hid round the corner and didn't speak to me.

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Eebijeebi [102 posts] 2 years ago
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Open another box of policemen - oh, we've run out.

Pay more taxes and have an abundance of police ready for every call, whatever the hour.

Maybe join the Special Constabulary and help out.

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Sensible [68 posts] 2 years ago
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Since the gocernment has cut Police budgets there are less resourses available to attend incidents.

Lets say for example that there was five officers covering a large area and there are 20 calls for the Police to attend. There is a limited amount of incidents they can physically be at, at any given time.

I suspect that this is not the Police being awkward, but could be that they didn't have anyone to send.

Your complaint would be better made to your MP as they control the purse strings.

Yes I am a cyclist and think the Police should attend collisions where people are injured

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workhard [397 posts] 2 years ago
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Protest peacefully about fracking and suddenly all the police you could wish for will appear as if by magic.

Funny old world.

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step-hent [722 posts] 2 years ago
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What strikes me as odd/worrying about this is not that the Police didn't attend (I had the same issue when I was knocked off, and decided that going to hospital took priority over establishing who was to blame) but that the paramedic attending allowed him to walk himself to hospital with a broken leg. The whole story feels like someone has got the wrong end of the stick somewhere...

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Das [242 posts] 2 years ago
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I know when I was knocked off I waited 25 minutes for the Police to arrive, even though it was 06.45 in the morning and in the middle of Edinburgh, I was just giving up and getting back on my bike when they eventually turned up. When you dial 999 and tell the operator that your a cyclist who has just been wiped out by a car driver you really do expected/hope to hear sirens heading your way within minutes.

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Paul_C [464 posts] 2 years ago
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well it seems the moral of the story here is NOT to mention at all that you were riding a bicycle...  3

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KNOWNOTHINGBOZO [13 posts] 2 years ago
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I'm surprised he hasn't also complained that the paramedic failed to bring a cycle rack. Yes the police could do better in a perfect world by, but they may well be busy dealing with the usual mental health, incapable parents, or one of the other priorities that seems to mean that the police are able to help an ever shrinking portion of the public.
He was fit enough to walk, and when the police called to offer some reasonable options he hung up. Nothing but a helicopter and major incident response would have been good enough for this chap.

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RedfishUK [131 posts] 2 years ago
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Eebijeebi wrote:

Open another box of policemen - oh, we've run out.

Pay more taxes and have an abundance of police ready for every call, whatever the hour.

funnily enough I do pay more tax than a few years back...I didn't get my top rate tax reduced by 5% a couple of years back, my tax is paye it doesn't go for a holiday in the Cayman Islands like many entertainers, financiers and corporations.
[don't get me started]

I just want the Police to do their job properly - if they won't so busy working undercover and having affairs, getting stories for tabloid newspapers and doing the dirty work for politicians (and in some cases smearing politicians!) there might be a few more available (sorry I thought I was on the guardian CiF for second]

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freespirit1 [226 posts] 2 years ago
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RedfishUK wrote:
Eebijeebi wrote:

Open another box of policemen - oh, we've run out.

Pay more taxes and have an abundance of police ready for every call, whatever the hour.

funnily enough I do pay more tax than a few years back...I didn't get my top rate tax reduced by 5% a couple of years back, my tax is paye it doesn't go for a holiday in the Cayman Islands like many entertainers, financiers and corporations.
[don't get me started]

I just want the Police to do their job properly - if they won't so busy working undercover and having affairs, getting stories for tabloid newspapers and doing the dirty work for politicians (and in some cases smearing politicians!) there might be a few more available (sorry I thought I was on the guardian CiF for second]

If your tax code didn't change phone or visit your local HMRC office and you will probably get a rebate. It takes about 6 weeks normally.

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leqin [171 posts] 2 years ago
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Come on - man the hell up - Bert just cycled 18 odd miles with worse injuries and he had to contend with that evil Belkin squad trashing his bikes.  19

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Sara_H [58 posts] 2 years ago
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A similar thing has just happened to me, was threatened with death and then pursued by a driver who eventually ran me over and drove off.
999 call made, but police did not attend until I rang them 5 hours later and made a bit of a fuss.
I was attended by a paramedic crew and taken to A&E, but there was a point in this story where I was a lone women laid out having just been the victim of a premeditated violent assault absolutely terrified that the perpetrator was going to come back and kill me.
No effort was made to find the perpetrator until 2 days later, though they knew his home address and what his likely movements would be in that time.
I was the victim of a premeditated violent assault, but because my perpetrators weapon of choice was his car, the police didn't initially take it seriously.
They are now, but the initial delay has allowed my perpetrator to abscond and hide evidence. I am now trapped in my house scared to go out in case I cross paths with him again.

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ronin [265 posts] 2 years ago
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Sara_H wrote:

A similar thing has just happened to me, was threatened with death and then pursued by a driver who eventually ran me over and drove off.
999 call made, but police did not attend until I rang them 5 hours later and made a bit of a fuss.
I was attended by a paramedic crew and taken to A&E, but there was a point in this story where I was a lone women laid out having just been the victim of a premeditated violent assault absolutely terrified that the perpetrator was going to come back and kill me.
No effort was made to find the perpetrator until 2 days later, though they knew his home address and what his likely movements would be in that time.
I was the victim of a premeditated violent assault, but because my perpetrators weapon of choice was his car, the police didn't initially take it seriously.
They are now, but the initial delay has allowed my perpetrator to abscond and hide evidence. I am now trapped in my house scared to go out in case I cross paths with him again.

From your experience perhaps I shouldn't waste my time going to the police station tomorrow to do a statement.

I went for a quick spin yesterday around 8:00pm in Birmingham (15 miles) taking in one of my favorite hills (Mucklow Hill near Halesowen). At the roundabout before the hill 2 black males in their early 20s in a blue people carrier (possibly a Citroen Picasso) shouted something - I wasn't taking any notice, neither did I hear what they said over the loud music they were playing. Anyway, I sprinted away and onto the hill. Not long afterwards the car pulled up along side me and grabbed my seat, I went down, they sped off.

I got up after being dazed for a while, cars passing me without a care, and road home.

The worst part in all this (well slightly less than my best assos bibs and top having holes in them, oh and the bruises/grazes to my hip, elbow and knee), having to be wary about every car that passes you.

I was surprised that my carbon giant wasn't trashed...I hope it isn't hiding something from me...

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Sara_H [58 posts] 2 years ago
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I would still go to the police.

Although I'm very disappointed with the initial response, and I will be making an issue of it in the long run, the police are now investigating.
In my case there's a lack of witnesses and I think any forensic evidence will have been lost by the time they catch up with the perpetrator, so I doubt there'll be a prosecution, but what has happened to me will become a part of police intelligence on this man, which may be of benefit to future victims.

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AWPeleton [3331 posts] 2 years ago
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Story out of nothing here. There are not enough of us to attend every single incident within a split second and the sooner people realise that the better.

Some pathetic comments as normal by people who have f all idea about the Police or what we have to deal with so they make it up as they go along.

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Luminosity [76 posts] 2 years ago
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stumps wrote:

Story out of nothing here. There are not enough of us to attend every single incident within a split second and the sooner people realise that the better.

Some pathetic comments as normal by people who have f all idea about the Police or what we have to deal with so they make it up as they go along.

It wasn't even a question of a split second it was AT ALL if you followed the story: "I phoned the police. They asked if I wanted them to come out".

So someone has been mowed down by a car and has broken bones and the police shouldn't attend because they're busy elsewhere or - perhaps in your case - couldn't be arsed? Regardless of whether the driver might have been purposely attempting to maim, was drunk or whatever.

No wonder satisfaction with the police - and trust in them - is at an all time low.

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wizards-sleeve [11 posts] 2 years ago
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I am the cyclist in question here.

Just to clarify a few points, I was sat with the paramedic when the police phoned me and asked if I really wanted them to attend, which I confirmed I did. I was then asked what I wanted them to do, to which I responded "so that you can see what happened", and I got the flippant response of "we don't know what happened, we were not there". A conversation took place between me and the officer, and he made it abundantly clear that they would not be attending any time soon.

Yes my tibia was broken, I had surgery on Thursday to reconstruct the tibia plateau. I have also got a fractured humerus by the shoulder, but have been told there is not a lot that can be done about it as it will heal itself.

At the roadside the paramedic had me sign a form to release me from his care, as I made a foolish and rushed decision not to abandon my bike by the road, which would have been enevitably stolen. If the pold had attended I would have gladly gone to hospital, safe in the knollaged that the police had my bike. Yes I made a foolish decision, but was not thinking rationally due to the accident I had been involved in.

I thought I could make it to hospital myself, but once the adrenalin had worn off, I realized that I could not walk any further, and a nice chap in a passing van picked me up and took me to Weybridge walk in center, where the nurse was insistent that I went straight to A&E.

I have no complaint about the health care I received, but I was truly shocked that the pold did not attend.

Any questions, please ask away.

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wizards-sleeve [11 posts] 2 years ago
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gazza_d wrote:

If you go down, stay down until they arrive.

Moan about back/neck pain if necessary until full ambulance and police arrive.

This is a disgrace, think there is an issue with the care he received from the Ambulance service as well. Only sending a rapid response then leaving him to make his own way to a walk in centre with a broken leg.

Sounds like he possibly did the "I'm fine" routine, and this was accepted at face value by both services, but a failure in duty of care regardless

Yep, I did think that I was OK, and did the "I'm fine" routine with the paramedic....adrenaline is great! However the police phoned me up before I had been assessed by the paramedic, so I am at a loss how the pold diagnosed my injuries as minor over the phone.

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wizards-sleeve [11 posts] 2 years ago
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KNOWNOTHINGBOZO wrote:

I'm surprised he hasn't also complained that the paramedic failed to bring a cycle rack. Yes the police could do better in a perfect world by, but they may well be busy dealing with the usual mental health, incapable parents, or one of the other priorities that seems to mean that the police are able to help an ever shrinking portion of the public.
He was fit enough to walk, and when the police called to offer some reasonable options he hung up. Nothing but a helicopter and major incident response would have been good enough for this chap.

Expecting the paramedic to bring a cycle rack would be rediculious, however expecting the police to attend is not. I have no problem with the health care I received, and have no inclination to complain.

Hope you never need the emergency services in your hour of need, and if you are ever involved in an accident I'm sure that you will not expect any emergency services to attend.

As a side note, when I was in hospital overnight waiting for surgery, some little chav on the ward had a 2 person police guard all night to make sure he didn't run off....even though his leg was in plaster.

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rockdemon [12 posts] 2 years ago
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Hope your recovery is swift... I personally believe the police should always attend these incidents. (Note i dont call them accidents - that just means not paying due care on the side of one party or the other).

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rockdemon [12 posts] 2 years ago
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there is actually very little education as to what a cyclist should do in the event of an accident.
From my experience
1. dont move. if you're obstructing traffic the police will turn up.
2. Get checked out. Adrenalin made me think i could get home rather than going straight to hospital. Adrenalin does play tricks on you. Broken shoulders are what i had and thought i could get by with...

I'd like to know what others think.

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Sara_H [58 posts] 2 years ago
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Agree about adrenaline. It wasn't until several hours later that the full extent of the pain I was in kicked in.
What shocked me most was that my attacker had explicitly threatened to kill me, pursued me and then ran me over - the police knew this and didn't attend. If he'd attacked me with any other weapon in these circumstances they'd have attended, but because he hit me with a car they didn't bother.

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AWPeleton [3331 posts] 2 years ago
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Luminosity wrote:
stumps wrote:

Story out of nothing here. There are not enough of us to attend every single incident within a split second and the sooner people realise that the better.

Some pathetic comments as normal by people who have f all idea about the Police or what we have to deal with so they make it up as they go along.

It wasn't even a question of a split second it was AT ALL if you followed the story: "I phoned the police. They asked if I wanted them to come out".

So someone has been mowed down by a car and has broken bones and the police shouldn't attend because they're busy elsewhere or - perhaps in your case - couldn't be arsed? Regardless of whether the driver might have been purposely attempting to maim, was drunk or whatever.

No wonder satisfaction with the police - and trust in them - is at an all time low.

Lol, like i said people with f all idea making up pathetic comments, i rest my case  24

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wizards-sleeve [11 posts] 2 years ago
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Rest your case......I think you have to make any case yet.

This attitude seems itentical to the attitude of the officer that told me they wont be attending any time soon. Must be part of the police training, informing us tax payers know that we know f all. Nice technique.

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