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Police in Norwich take to Twitter to track down injured cyclist

Officers were concerned for man’s welfare following collision in Norwich yesterday

Police in Norfolk took to Twitter yesterday to find a man who had sustained a head injury in a road traffic collision while cycling in Norwich.

Officers made appeals via the Twitter accounts of Norfolk Constabulary and the Norfolk & Suffolk Roads Policing Team for the rider, who left the scene, to come forward.

In the early hours of the morning, police tweeted that they had found the cyclist in question and confirmed he needed medical attention.

The incident is an example of how police increasingly use social media to help in their investigations, although most forces stress that their accounts are not monitored around the clock and that the best way of contacting them is by phone on 101 or, in an emergency, 999.

In May 2013, Norfolk Police picked up on the infamous tweet from motorist Emma Way in which she said: “Definitely knocked a cyclist off earlier – I have right of way he doesn't even pay road tax," signing off with the hashtag #bloodycyclists.

After being alerted to her message, Norfolk Police tweeted her, saying: “We have had tweets ref an RTC with a bike. We suggest you report it at a police station ASAP if not done already & then dm us.”

In November 2013, Way was fined £300 plus costs of £337 and had her licence endorsed with seven penalty points after being found guilty of failing to stop after an accident and failure to report an accident. However, she was cleared of a third count of careless driving.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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