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Cyclists' Defence Fund repeats appeal for funds to help Michael Mason's family secure justice

Private prosecution being brought against driver involved in fatal crash on Regent Street

The Cyclists' Defence Fund (CDF) is urging people to keep donating to the appeal it has set up to help the family of London cyclist Michael Mason bring a private prosecution against the driver of the car involved in the collision that claimed his life.

Mr Mason, known as Mick, died in hospital in March 2014 just days after his 70th birthday from injuries sustained almost three weeks earlier when he was hit by a car on Regent Street, just north of Oxford Circus.

On the same day in March this year that a vigil was held at Regent Street to mark the first anniversary of his death, the Metropolitan Police announced that they were passing the case to the Crown Prosecution Service to consider whether charges should be brought against the motorist.

But within days the Metropolitan Police reversed that decision and said that they would not be doing so, Mr Mason's family only finding out about their change of mind via the press.

Martin Porter QC challenged that decision on the family's behalf but was told by the Metropolitan Police's Professional Standards Board that they were upholding the decision not to pass the file to the CPS.

Part of the rationale for that, according to the investigating officers report is that Mr Mason, whose death was due to a head injury, was not wearing a cycle helmet, nor was he wearing hi-viz clothing, comments the CDF say are "legally irrelevant" and "tantamount to victim blaming."

On Mr Porter's advice, the family is now undertaking a private prosecution as the only way they will be able to bring the motorist to justice.

At the time of writing, just over £30,000 has so far been raised through the website Just Giving, with more than 1,000 people donating. 

While £30,000 was the original target, CDF have subsequently changed it to £75.000 on the advice of the lawyers handling the prosecution due to the complexity of the case.

In an update on Just Giving, CDF said: "We need to raise enough funds to ensure we can carry the case through to trial, hence the reason for increasing the appeal."

Mr Mason's daughter Anna Tatton-Brown, a journalist at the BBC, last month presented a report on the Victoria Derbyshire programme that looked at the struggle of her family, and others in similar circumstances, to secure justice when a relative is killed while cycling

“As a family, it has moved us greatly that so many people not only share our feelings about this injustice, but have also been giving so generously to help us fight it. As a modest and unassuming man, Mick would have been overwhelmed by this.”

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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Airzound | 8 years ago
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A few points.

Firstly the police are a major part of the problem of injustice and miscarriages of justice. They are not currently any part of the solution(s). Shameful.


Secondly, the CPS are no different to the police. Also shameful.


Thirdly, why can't lawyers take this case as Pro Bono ie free, no fee charged, as it so shocking? Then a huge pile of cash would not be needed to fund a private prosecution? I get the impression that lawyers are yet again are excessively profitting which wouldn't be a first.


Instead of using JustGiving why not use Crowdfunding instead?


Just a few thoughts.

Eric D replied to Airzound | 8 years ago

Airzound wrote:

I get the impression that lawyers are yet again are excessively profitting which wouldn't be a first.

These are not just lawyers : they are cycling lawyers - they also take time out for things like saying

  • "More energy is directed by enforcement agencies into providing the false appearance of action and making excuses for inaction than into prosecuting offenders. "

to a Parliamentary Transport Select Committee on Road Traffic Law Enforcement.

Don't knock it !

Jon Fray | 8 years ago

What I didn't realise until last week is that people paying higher rate of tax can reclaim from the Inland Revenue the difference between between the rate you pay and basic rate on your donation.

Example:  You donate £100 to charity - they claim Gift Aid to make your donation £125. You pay 40% tax so you can personally claim back £25.00 (£125 x 20%). 

You can do this either by self assessment tax return, but more interestingly for me, by asking the HMRC to adjust your tax code in your favour (taking into account your other charitable donations over the year).  I hope this helps, and helps encourage people to donate to the CDF for this cause.

ChairRDRF | 8 years ago

Just in case you don't realise how vital it is that this case is revisited and fought, take a look at

Sad that we have to deal with the extra cost, but if we can get up to £30K, we ought to be able to get the amount needed.

A good way is to hold some sort of social event: party, restaurant meal, whatever you're doing over the "festive season" and ask guests to donate. I raised nearly £300 by doing that. There are also lots of cycling events which donate to charities: how about your time trial/road race/sportive  donating to CDF?

bobbinogs | 8 years ago

Yeah, I chucked in £25 + gift aid.  Normally I avoid rip off merchants like Justgiving but in this case I figured I would turn a blind eye to the bit they cream off.

CXR94Di2 | 8 years ago

Donated £50  

Eric D | 8 years ago
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jacknorell | 8 years ago

A link to the donation page could be useful.

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