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Officer was found guilty after failing to spot cyclist as he drove to police station

A police officer who was found guilty of breaking a cyclist’s wrist while driving without due care and attention has been fined.

Mark Godfrey Turner, 57, from Barrow, denied the charge but was found guilty at Furness Magistrates' Court this week.

The court heard how the officer was just moments away from the police station in town when the collision happened.

He was making a right hand turn when he collided with cyclist Daniel Grady at 8.40pm on September 7 last year.

The bicycle, which was two months old and had cost over £900, was damaged, and Mr Grady had a broken wrist and fractured ribs.

According to The Mail, Mr Grady told the court: "I saw the car and thought, in the back of my mind, 'he is going to go'.

"I had a feeling so I reacted and slammed the brakes on. I tried slowing down but I couldn't do it in time."

As well as four penalty points, Turner was ordered to pay court costs of £750, a fine of £300 and a victim surcharge of £30.

 

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.

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ktache [562 posts] 1 month ago
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"Turner repeatedly denied seeing the cyclist as he approached the junction" -This from a professional witness.

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CXR94Di2 [1695 posts] 1 month ago
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obviously he was there because you run him down,  doesnt really matter in law you didnt see him, durr!  What a stupid copper

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ktache [562 posts] 1 month ago
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You'd think that not seeing him was an admission of "without due care and attention"

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Housecathst [592 posts] 1 month ago
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It's an odd one, "I didn't see" is normally the get out of jail free card, perhaps he should have said something about the sun being in the sky, that ones full proof. 

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Grahamd [545 posts] 1 month ago
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Sod the fine, this is an arrogant police officer who had the audacity to plead not guilty when he so obviously was. Hit him with a misconduct in public office charge and so take his pension away.

Too lenient in my opinion.

 

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Paul J [936 posts] 1 month ago
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It was a bee. A bee flew - from out of the sun obviously - into the car. Guaranteed get off.

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dottigirl [686 posts] 1 month ago
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IME, the police seem to think normal rules of driving don't apply. 

As a sidenote, this was the first tweet I saw this morning.

https://twitter.com/lucullus/status/886174185931853824

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ChrisB200SX [437 posts] 1 month ago
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£30 victim surcharge... For those injuries? Presumably the cyclist is taking the police/driver to court for thousands in compensation?

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DrG82 [148 posts] 1 month ago
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ChrisB200SX wrote:

£30 victim surcharge... For those injuries? Presumably the cyclist is taking the police/driver to court for thousands in compensation?

The victim surcharge doesn't go directly to the victim of this particular incident, it goes into a fund like the uninsured drivers fund which you can make a claim to if you are hit by a uninsured driver.

Hopefully the cyclist will be able to make a claim against the police insurance for the bike and any costs incurred.

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don simon [1160 posts] 1 month ago
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According to The Mail (link is external), Mr Grady told the court: "I saw the car and thought, in the back of my mind, 'he is going to go'.

"I had a feeling so I reacted and slammed the brakes on. I tried slowing down but I couldn't do it in time."

Typical cyclist not knowing how to brake. Another case of all the gear and no idea...

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burtthebike [926 posts] 1 month ago
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Just goes to show, even the police can make mistakes.  However, he  did stop, and called an ambulance.

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Pub bike [229 posts] 1 month ago
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burtthebike wrote:

Just goes to show, even the police can make mistakes. 

...and lie.  He should have pleaded guilty. He is an embarrassment to the police force, although I suspect few of his colleagues will see it that way.  At least we have a somewhat independent judiciary.

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burtthebike [926 posts] 1 month ago
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Pub bike wrote:
burtthebike wrote:

Just goes to show, even the police can make mistakes. 

...and lie.  He should have pleaded guilty. He is an embarrassment to the police force, although I suspect few of his colleagues will see it that way.  At least we have a somewhat independent judiciary.

Where does it say he lied?

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Grumpy17 [57 posts] 1 month ago
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Reality is that this police officer was MORE likely to be prosecuted than a member of the public would have been in the same circumstances .

Assuming there were no aggravating features to it most police forces would not prosecute a member of the public in similar circumstances as it would be put down to 'a momentary loss of concentration' and not 'driving without due care and attention'. This is not my opinion. This is fact.

 

The  officer was prosecuted as it would have looked poor from a PR perspective to let him off.

Knocked a cyclist down while on police duty right outside the police station and they go and let him off?

Not a publicly acceptable outcome.