Four arrests made in connection with Nottinghamshire bike cop hit-and-run

Police also seize Volkswagen Corrado car suspected to have been involved in last Friday's incident

by Simon_MacMichael   November 30, 2011  

Nottinghamshire Police

Nottinghamshire Police have arrested four people in connection with the hit and run incident last Friday that has left one of its off-duty bike officers, PC Diederik Coetzee, in a critical condition in hospital.

Each has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, failure to stop at the scene of a collision, and failure to report a crime, the force said in a statement.

It added that the vehicle believed to have been involved in the incident in Blidworth Lane, Mansfield, last Friday evening, a Volkswagen Corrado, had also been seized and was being subject to a forensic examination.

One line of enquiry that was being pursued by police was that the driver may have been someone previously arrested by PC Coetzee, originally from South Africa, who earned the nickname ‘Robocop’ after breaking records for the most arrests in a year.

However, it is not clear at this stage whether any of those arrested had been involved in previous dealings with the 54-year-old officer, who has been with the force for a decade.

The first arrest was made yesterday, when a 32-year-old man was taken into custody. That was followed in the early hours of this morning by the arrests of two more men, aged 25 and 29, and a 36-year-old woman.

Police added that as part of their investigation, they had visited local scrap metal merchants and mechanics, speaking to people living nearby and examining CCTV footage.

They also said that “hundreds of messages of support and well wishes from the public have flooded into Nottinghamshire Police for PC Coetzee and his family since the collision.”

PC Coetzee remains in a “critical but stable” condition in hospital, and police have repeated their call for witnesses, who are asked to contact the Crash Investigation Team on 101 extension 800 2225 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Best wishes to the man and I hope he ,makes a full recovery but I'd like to see the Police be so efficient when it comes to a "normal" cyclist being hit

posted by Phaedrus [13 posts]
30th November 2011 - 15:29

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I whole heartedly agree with the sentiments above and am also wondering if they would have been so thorough had it been a member of the public. On this subject is there any news of the bloke who took a ride on the bonnet of the car in Edinburgh and whether or not someone, or the vehicle has been taken for similar above tests, has been charged?

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posted by cidermart [454 posts]
30th November 2011 - 16:25

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Indeed. Best wishes to Mr Coetzee. But a friend of mine was injured in a hit and run a few years ago. Found lying on the verge by a passer-by. Full yellow reflective kit, two lights on the back at least.

No forensic examination of the bike (which could have given a clue as to the car that hit it), no serious enquiry, no arrests and the rider left with brain damage despite being a habitual helmet-wearer.

posted by JohnS [198 posts]
30th November 2011 - 17:31

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Hi cidermart, yep we've asked the police for an update on the progress of that case, we'll let you know when we hear something

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4129 posts]
30th November 2011 - 17:47

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Call me a cynical old git if you like but isn't it strange that the Police can find the manpower to track down and make arrests when Thinking one of thier own is involved in an incident.

posted by NickWi [9 posts]
30th November 2011 - 20:00

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Damn, that was quick!! Nottinghamshire's finest have left no stone unturned.

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posted by giff77 [1026 posts]
30th November 2011 - 20:57

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Hopefully something will come of this and all the best to PC Coetzee, still being classed as critical even if you put but stable after it is never good

BUT again, as said above, the police have obviously thrown man power at this, to trawl CCTV, find the car, then arrest 4 people and examine the car aswell, This is FAR for the procedure that i encountered after being knocked down, they wouldn't even look at my bike or the car, it was left to me to document the damage with pictures and getting other agency's to look a the bike and document it all aswell, in any case that failed because the police would rather protect car drivers.

I just wish the police would put the same effort into EVERY case and not just the ones they feel they can be bothered with or that effects them directly like this one

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posted by Gkam84 [8592 posts]
30th November 2011 - 21:39

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Hopefully not, but the cop may well die from this incident and it would then turn into a murder case (as stated above it may well be someone he has arrested and out for retribution) or should we just brush that under the carpet and pretend they did all they did because he was a cop.... Confused

On a side note examining a bike or even another car for paint transfer would only tell you what colour it was and which manufacturer, not the type of vehicle or registration number. The last time i checked the Police also get charged a MINIMUM of £500 for these results (it maybe more now) by the forensic labs and they would be no further forward, hence why no paint transference is carried out unless it's for a serious category crime. Hope that answers your question.

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posted by stumps [2611 posts]
30th November 2011 - 22:03

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It wasn't so much for paint transfer i wanted my bike to be looked at, it was the fact i was hit from behind and my bike was damaged as could clearly be seen, I wanted it looked at because of the damage and the driver claiming the damage had been caused by me throwing my bike at his car, so unless i can throw a bike at a non moving car and it still goes under the wheel and has the frame crushed, i fail to see why the police wouldn't even entertain the damage done to my bike, but thats an old case and hopefully they have learnt from the complaints i made about the officers involved and improve from that, even though i was found guilty on the fact the driver found an witness who was not even at the scene when it happen Angry

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posted by Gkam84 [8592 posts]
30th November 2011 - 22:08

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Gkam, i will always support a cop who has done his job properly but i never have and never will back up a cop who bends the rules or "cuffs" a job as we call it just because they couldn't be bothered.

As far as the paint, i was refering to JohnS and his comment not yourself. Sorry mate if there is any confusion.

If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it. Gaius Julius Caesar.

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posted by stumps [2611 posts]
30th November 2011 - 22:30

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I'm all behind the police in general, but just find some of them abysmal and should be working in different line of work (not to offend anyone, but something simple like a shelf stacker)

I feel they should be held more accountable aswell for jobs where they do not act or deal with it in the appropriate manner. At the moment you seem to always get the excuse about the force being stretched and under funded and under staffed, which to some extent is true, but to not do a proper job is not on no matter how long it takes.

I really hope this case sets an example of good policing and how it should be done, hopefully PC Coetzee makes a full recovery gets back out there and can help other cyclist's who may end up in a similar position to himself,

Lets hope this case gets some media attention if someone gets charged aswell and show police forces around the country that just because we are on a bike, doesn't make us any less of a road user, BUT i fear that if it gets media coverage then it will be the "would be cop killer" and not much about the PC being a cyclist Thinking

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posted by Gkam84 [8592 posts]
30th November 2011 - 22:46

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The reply function doesn't work - get it fixed! This is a reply to stumps.

Sorry, but we're talking life-changing injury due to criminal activity here.

Know the paint, you know the model of vehicle. DVLA will have them listed. Find some that were in the area at the time (owner's address is a good clue). Take a look at each one.

Or perhaps that's too much trouble for our brave boys in blue unless we're talking about one of their own - after all, it's only a poxy cyclist left with no memory and epilepsy who shouldn't have been on the road getting in the way of important people in cars, after all, and not a really important person like a policeman.

And WTF has the cost to do with catching a criminal who is prepared to kill and injure people for his own convenience?

Jesus wept.

posted by JohnS [198 posts]
30th November 2011 - 23:43

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don't think there is anything wrong the the reply function johns, if you want to direct your reply at a particular post easiest thing is to put @stumps or whoever you want to talk to at the start of your post

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4129 posts]
1st December 2011 - 0:03

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or you could use the quote function, like everyone else does. the comments aren't threaded on road.cc.

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7201 posts]
1st December 2011 - 0:13

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JohnS - I know nothing of your friend nor how the accident happened so dont presume that i'm putting him down and sticking up for the Police.

The paint WONT tell you the model only the manufacturer for instance a white vauxhall, a blue Nissan, red Audi - get what i mean, but some manufacturers use the same supplier, so that put's it well into the thousands of vehicles registered throughout this country !

So we now know the possible manufacturer nothing more. So how many white Vauxhall's are there ? DVLA cant tell you that and it's impossible to find out whether a car was in an area at the time without witnesses.

And to be totally pedantic and to prove a point - a road traffic collision is not a crime as it comes under the Road Traffic Act, even if someone was hurt.

The powers that be will not authorise a paint sample to be examined for an rtc unless it is a fatal due to the costs set by our esteemed Govt despite any moral grounds the Police might have.

Finally - a friend of mine's (a Police Insp) son was cycling and was killed by an HGV and another serving officer that i knew was hit and killed by a fail to stop vehicle whilst cycling home - the driver was never traced so dont presume to try and tell me what it means to have a friend hurt or injured.

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posted by stumps [2611 posts]
1st December 2011 - 0:33

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stumps wrote:

The paint WONT tell you the model only the manufacturer for instance a white vauxhall, a blue Nissan, red Audi - get what i mean, but some manufacturers use the same supplier, so that put's it well into the thousands of vehicles registered throughout this country !

So we now know the possible manufacturer nothing more. So how many white Vauxhall's are there ? DVLA cant tell you that and it's impossible to find out whether a car was in an area at the time without witnesses.

Just one more thing to add to that. The DVLA don't have the first idea when it comes to how many cars are running about uninsured, unregistered, SORN and still driving and various other things

So for example, they take the paint and analyse it, It comes back as a green BMW, there are 300 in and around the town where an incident happened, ok, so its not feasible for the police to check every single one, BUT lets say they could, there might just be another 10 that have "slipped" through the DVLA net and driving about the area unknown to them, how can the police/DVLA know every car??

Unless it flags up on an ANPR or is caught some other way, it may never get noticed and therefore never caught for the offence

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posted by Gkam84 [8592 posts]
1st December 2011 - 7:24

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thanks tony

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posted by cidermart [454 posts]
1st December 2011 - 11:20

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