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As Devon & Cornwall Police say they'll explore Close Pass campaign, cyclist near Redruth experiences a particularly shocking one

Paul Dickey describes "shocked expression" on face of oncoming driver as oncoming motorist makes dangerous manoeuvre...

On the same day exclusively revealed that Devon & Cornwall Police were exploring targeting drivers who pass cyclists too closely, a cyclist riding near Redruth was subject to a particularly shocking one, with the aggressive motorist almost hitting an oncoming car, too.

Paul Dickey from Carnkie near Redruth told the Plymouth Herald that he was riding close to Four Lanes when he heard a car approaching from behind.

Posting the video to Facebook, he described how the oncoming driver’s face had a “shocked expression” as she realised what the driver planned to do.

The 42-year-old said: "I could hear the engine revving and knew it was either a boy racer or someone in a hurry.

"Then I saw the shocked expression on the face of the woman who was driving towards me."

It was only when he reviewed the footage captured on his Garmin Virb camera that he realised just how close the driver had been to hitting both him and the oncoming car.

He told the newspaper: "We get it all the time, "this sort of thing does happen a lot."

It was incidents of this nature that let to West Midlands Police establishing its widely-praised Give Space, be Safe initiative last year.

As we reported yesterday, Devon & Cornwall Police is one of the forces that is looking to adopt the initiative.

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Its head of roads policing, Chief Inspector Adrian Liesk, told us: “We are going to send up a team to learn from [West Midlands Police] and see how we can develop the idea for our 22,000 km of road network in a mixture of urban and rural environments.

“We are keen to develop our own educational input to enable effective hard hitting delivery at the roadside.”

After being urged to do so, Mr Dickey has passed footage of yesterday’s incident to police.

"I just want the guy to get educated and to see how close it was, and don't really want to get anyone into trouble,” he said.

"I'll be happy if gets one person educated, or makes one person think," he added.

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