Violent video assault goes viral

Still no names but it's only a matter of time...

by Mark Appleton   July 13, 2011  

South London cyclist attacker right and companion.jpg

We’ve started a few lively debates here at road.cc but it’s fair to say that we haven’t seen anything going viral to the extent of our story about the violent assault on road.cc forum poster Simon Page.

We’ve had over 18,000 page views for the item and the YouTube clip of the incident, the link for which was first posted on our forum, will shortly pass the 50,000 views point.

Not that in reading the coverage on the BBC, the Evening Standard or on the Daily Mail websites, you’d have much of an idea about the source of the story. Unlike road.cc’s policy of posting a link back to the original item when we cover a story from elsewhere, none of those media outlets have felt the need to share the link love, (though some have seen fit to lift quotes from this site without so much as a 'by your leave'.)

But leaving aside issues of journalistic etiquette – not to mention common courtesy – what the extensive coverage has clearly demonstrated, is a shared revulsion among most members of the public for a completely unjustified assault on a cyclist. Those sentiments are compounded by a frustration bordering on outrage that the police have, after nearly two months, so far failed to make any arrests in the case despite the clarity of the video evidence.

And that video evidence must by now have been seen by hundreds of thousands of people, given that at one point this morning the BBC London news report on the story was the second most viewed video item on the BBC news site, ahead of video clips about the new Harry Potter film, the Beckhams’ baby-naming decision and Hugh Grant's views on News International.

As for progress in the case itself, we have asked the Metropolitan Police whether any names have been put forward for the offenders and what, if any, action is being taken to assist the registered keep of the car identified in the clip to remember who might conceivably have borrowed the vehicle on the day in question, assuming that it wasn’t stolen and returned.

We hope to bring you their responses shortly.

 

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That's normal for BBC. Moan at them and they'll probably attribute it.

posted by Mat Brett [1959 posts]
13th July 2011 - 20:07

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What do you expect from journalists? Whilst there are exceptions in any profession, as a group they generally rank alongside politicians and estate agents for dishonesty.

Ticktock

posted by Michael5 [121 posts]
13th July 2011 - 20:48

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It's surely particularly apposite with the current furore that we should have so little difficulty in finding examples of such poor journalistic etiquette. But then, I reckon road.cc hacked the phones of the original poster Smile

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posted by timlennon [229 posts]
13th July 2011 - 21:18

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posted by Mat Brett [1959 posts]
13th July 2011 - 21:58

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Apparently:
. If an allegation is made against the driver of the vehicle, the Police have an obligation to serve a Notice of Intended Prosecution on the registered keeper. By doing so, they then shift the burden of identification to the keeper. Consequently, if you make an allegation against the driver of the vehicle, the Police should then force the registered keeper to identify the driver. If, for whatever reason, he is unable to do so, they can prosecute the registered keeper for failing to identify which would result in 6 penalty points and a fine up to £1,000. You should certainly be applying pressure to the Police to prosecute the registered keeper as normally, this would result in the person “recalling”
who they lent the vehicle to. Indeed, you may also wish to suggest to the Police that as the registered keeper does not know who was driving, how can they prove that that person was insured? If they cannot, the registered keeper can also be prosecuted for allowing an uninsured driver to use the vehicle. Again, that could result in penalty points and a fine so, again, it is likely that those threats will result in the keeper recalling the identity of the person who was driving.

posted by SimpleSimon [113 posts]
13th July 2011 - 23:39

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it is amazing at how lax the police are, I wonder what kind of crime needs to be committed before they actually do their job. They are too busy taking media backhanders and whining about their bloated final salary pensions.

posted by surreyxc [48 posts]
14th July 2011 - 8:41

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Suprised they haven't hacked the vehicle owner's voicemail, bet that would get a quick result Wink

looking at the pics The Sun lifted, the police should perhaps concentrate their enquiries on left-handed men. That'll narrow it down a bit for them.

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8513 posts]
14th July 2011 - 9:29

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Got to say though, the Sun did a good job of capturing those stills from the video, if he can't be identified from them…

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4160 posts]
14th July 2011 - 10:02

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@SimpleSimon - I have a feeling that only applies to road traffic offences rather than, for example, an assault outside of the vehicle, the idea being that you are liable for the use of your car unless it was stolen or you identify who it was.

But surely with the widespread coverage (and the nice clear footage) it cant be long until someone identifies this idiot?

posted by step-hent [704 posts]
14th July 2011 - 10:03

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Unless I am told any different the silence from the Transport Minister/local MP/Councillors and even CTC is deafening. This is unfortunately not an isolated incident but has received national printed press coverage largely due to Roadcc and Youtube. We need to continue to highlight these idiotic and frightening peoples actions if the attitude of the public at large is to change. I get the feeling the average Sun reader will probably feel the thug in the car had some justification because people who wear lycra and ride a bike are, well a bit weird. Why not pay £1.40 at the pump and drive to the shops/school/work and back each day. Sadly the Government's decision to cull Cycling England and the wider lack of coordinated non-car travel networks is indicative of their apathy/opposition to cyclists (I don't count Dave as a cyclist)

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posted by arrieredupeleton [566 posts]
14th July 2011 - 10:08

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tony_farrelly wrote:
Got to say though, the Sun did a good job of capturing those stills from the video, if he can't be identified from them…

I was impressed by that too, although the above pic makes the two look like a fat Olly Murs on the left and Patrick McGuinness in Max and Paddy's road to nowhere

I'm still wondering why the Police haven't looked at the registered owners driving license and studied all the video and pictures and put 2+2 together. Or is that too easy Smile

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posted by stuartpeck1 [98 posts]
14th July 2011 - 10:55

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Good to see this generated so much coverage, hopefully leading to the arrest of the driver and passenger.
Maybe this also might embarrass the Police into taking this kind of thing more seriously and not just trying to fob off the victim.

On the not crediting where they got the story from I wasn't surprised. The Mail were lifting stories from the Guido Fawkes blog and printing them without credit a few months back.

posted by thereverent [322 posts]
14th July 2011 - 11:14

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Just saw this:

"Man arrested over cyclist road rage attack in Bexley"

over here:

http://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/9139998.UPDATE__Man_arrested_over_cycl...

If it's true, great to finally see some action being taken!

~rbx

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posted by rbx [243 posts]
14th July 2011 - 11:50

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Brilliant news. Innocent until proven of course.....

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posted by arrieredupeleton [566 posts]
14th July 2011 - 11:57

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This looks hopeful. Lets hope it is the 'Bexley Brute' and he is charged.

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posted by Psyclyst [23 posts]
14th July 2011 - 12:04

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thanks rbx we're on it - Simon just called to tell us too

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4160 posts]
14th July 2011 - 12:16

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Applause

Nice one, that's great news

Cervelo S1, Zipp 404, SRAM Rival/Force, Rotor crankset and Vittoria.

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posted by stuartpeck1 [98 posts]
14th July 2011 - 13:39

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