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Cambridge man shoved cyclist off road

A man has been fined for assaulting a cyclist in Cambridge after claiming he was actually trying to save his life.

According to Cambridge News, Kevin Hands admitted pushing Reece Cockram on Sunday, October 6, in Church End, Over.

Cambridge Magistrates’ Court heard that Mr Cockram and his girlfriend were walking along the side of the road after a puncture when they were abused by people in a passing car.

The car stopped and Hands, the passenger, got out.

Paul Brown, prosecuting said: “He shouted ‘what do you think you are doing? Get on the path’. He pushed the victim in the chest and slapped him in the face, leaving reddening.”

Hands claimed he was trying to get Mr Cockram off the road and on to the path. His lawyer, Sandeep Kainth said that Hands had been in a serious crash on the M11 and was therefore aware of the dangers.

Hands denied slapping Cockram. He was ordered to pay £235 in fines, compensation and costs.


Church End, Over (image Google Maps)

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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mrmo [2096 posts] 4 years ago
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mad_scot_rider [581 posts] 4 years ago
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Now I've heard it all

As a defence against assault goes - attempting to force a cyclist to break the (bloody stupid) law against pavement cycling takes the biscuit

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dbb [34 posts] 4 years ago
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the lawyer should be fined for wasting the courts time!  44

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YorkshireMike [92 posts] 4 years ago
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mrmo wrote:

just for completeness of course

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/News/Vodka-shot-put-me-over-limit-says-d...

What the - is that the same guy?! Really should not be let anywhere near a steering wheel.

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lakeland bimbler [17 posts] 4 years ago
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mrmo wrote:

just for completeness of course

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/News/Vodka-shot-put-me-over-limit-says-d...

Hang on banned for 39 months in Sept 2011.... if it is the same guy shouldn't he still be off the road  39

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fukawitribe [2009 posts] 4 years ago
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mad_scot_rider wrote:

Now I've heard it all

As a defence against assault goes - attempting to force a cyclist to break the (bloody stupid) law against pavement cycling takes the biscuit

According to the article, and the news item linked from it, the cyclist was walking on the pavement after a puncture - so presumably pushing the bike, which itself was perhaps on the road. Whatever else the driver may have been guilty of, or not, it does not appear to be encouraging him to ride on the pavement but rather to move the bike onto it. So... "forcing him to break the ... law" - probably not.

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rich22222 [166 posts] 4 years ago
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Edited: "His lawyer, Sandeep Kainth said that Hands had been" .....twice banned for DUI..... "and was therefore aware of the dangers."

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rich22222 [166 posts] 4 years ago
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He was the passenger in this instance

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wheelsucker [58 posts] 4 years ago
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except it turns out it is actually legal to ride on the pavement, where you feel it safer to do so...off to google the RTA that says so

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benb [81 posts] 4 years ago
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wheelsucker wrote:

except it turns out it is actually legal to ride on the pavement, where you feel it safer to do so...off to google the RTA that says so

Not legal per se, but there was Home Office guidance to not prosecute when pavement cycling was done considerately and out of self-preservation:

Paul Boateng (Home Office minister at the time) wrote:

The introduction of the fixed penalty is not aimed at responsible cyclists who sometimes feel obliged to use the pavement out of fear of traffic and who show consideration to other pavement users when doing so. Chief police officers, who are responsible for enforcement, acknowledge that many cyclists, particularly children and young people, are afraid to cycle on the road, sensitivity and careful use of police discretion is required.

From http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/SN00623.pdf

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Gkam84 [9111 posts] 4 years ago
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lakeland bimbler wrote:

Hang on banned for 39 months in Sept 2011.... if it is the same guy shouldn't he still be off the road  39

The car stopped and Hands, the passenger, got out

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abbeybob [15 posts] 4 years ago
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Probably is Swavesey and Over are two villages North West of Cambridge that are probably only a mile or two apart

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Metjas [362 posts] 4 years ago
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fukawitribe wrote:

According to the article, and the news item linked from it, the cyclist was walking on the pavement after a puncture - so presumably pushing the bike, which itself was perhaps on the road. Whatever else the driver may have been guilty of, or not, it does not appear to be encouraging him to ride on the pavement but rather to move the bike onto it. So... "forcing him to break the ... law" - probably not.

and where exactly in the article did it say he was on the pavement? I can't find it.

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jarredscycling [456 posts] 4 years ago
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People's stupidity is stunning but their complete lack of understanding how stupid they are is scary.

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William Black [193 posts] 4 years ago
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Metjas wrote:

and where exactly in the article did it say he was on the pavement? I can't find it.

Why is that even relevant when some Neanderthal EDL member assaults someone for pushing a bike up the road?

I'm 'not' on Facebook but should anyone else want to send some words, knock yourself out  3 :

https://www.facebook.com/kevin.hands.104

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fukawitribe [2009 posts] 4 years ago
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Metjas wrote:

and where exactly in the article did it say he was on the pavement? I can't find it.

That is really odd - i'd have put a sizeable amount of money that the road.cc article said it, and even sure i'd double checked but that is clearly not the case now. Mea culpa, must be getting old  1

That said, it doesn't change the the impression that the driver wasn't encouraging the riders to cycle on the path - nor that he's is still coming across as a complete twat.

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Metjas [362 posts] 4 years ago
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[quote=fukawitribe
That said, it doesn't change the the impression that the driver wasn't encouraging the riders to cycle on the path - nor that he's is still coming across as a complete twat.[/quote]

trust me, he's coming across as a lot worse than that, and that's before we were made aware of his previous history.

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OldRidgeback [2815 posts] 4 years ago
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If that really is him, then he's a really fishy character. The EDL aren't really big on intelligence.

He's also got sticky out ears. People from that area, well let's just they that they have interesting genetic histories.

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fukawitribe [2009 posts] 4 years ago
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Metjas wrote:

[quote=fukawitribe
That said, it doesn't change the the impression that the driver wasn't encouraging the riders to cycle on the path - nor that he's is still coming across as a complete twat.

trust me, he's coming across as a lot worse than that, and that's before we were made aware of his previous history.[/quote]

Yeah - I agree... my point was that potentially making stuff up (forcing the cyclist to break the law) doesn't help anything and often just diverts attention from the real issues.

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AlexM [8 posts] 4 years ago
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But was the cyclist wearing a helmet?

WE MUST BE TOLD.

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dp24 [204 posts] 4 years ago
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His lawyer, Sandeep Kainth said that Hands had been in a serious crash on the M11 and was therefore aware of the dangers.

Anyone remember this report of an accident involving a cyclist on the M11? No, me neither.

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duc888 [41 posts] 4 years ago
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Cos the picture of Church End, Over has a distinct resemblance to the M11 doesnt it, I can see how it triggered memories

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duc888 [41 posts] 4 years ago
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ahh, yes I see, it would if you were pissed out of your head which seems to be a permanent state for Kevin Hands, the Ducting Tester. (see the link to the DUI)
Now theres an intelligent job.

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burtthebike [1195 posts] 4 years ago
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So a serial criminal assaults a completely blameless person and gets away with a fine? Surely something wrong with our justice system?

Lock him up and throw the key to the jews. They can give it back when he begs sufficiently well.

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Matt eaton [741 posts] 4 years ago
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I can't get past the fact that the guy was assulted by a meathead called 'Hands'. It makes him sound like some gangsters hardman.

'Do him hands' (geezerish accent required).

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The _Kaner [1146 posts] 4 years ago
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Fishing...drinking and assault...well balanced family life then...can't judge a book by it's cover, but seems to like Mark 'Chopper' Read..maybe a role model....  24