A Nottingham cyclist who phoned 101 to report a near-miss was allegedly told that police didn’t have the resources to look into it, with the call handler adding: “Can you go away please? I have life and death calls coming in."
The BBC reports that Jonathan Hunt was cycling along Carlton Road in Sneinton, Nottingham at 8.45am on Wednesday when a car cut into the bus and cycle lane, narrowly missing him.
Hunt, who was commuting to work from Mansfield, had to brake to avoid being hit.
He said: "The lady driving the car just pulled in. I very nearly crashed into her. Then she stopped in front of me with her hazards on. I don't think she had any idea what happened. This sort of thing happens to me a lot. You just get frustrated."
Hunt attempted to report the incident by calling the non-emergency police number, but said he was told that police "cannot possibly investigate as this happens thousands of times every day."
Surely all the more reason to tackle the problem, he pointed out.
Hunt later tweeted the footage to Chris Boardman to ask his opinion.
— Jonathan Hunt (@J0nathanHunt) May 31, 2017
Boardman replied, “No it's not right,” tagging in Nottinghamshire Police.
There was also a response from Nottinghamshire Police’s Twitter account.
We will ensure this is investigated. Thanks and we looked forward to your direct message.
— Notts Police (@nottspolice) June 1, 2017
The force said in a statement: "Nottinghamshire Police takes all road safety matters seriously. We are re-contacting Mr Hunt and will investigate the incident."
Sam Jones, Cycling UK spokesman, said that other forces accepted video footage. "It is worrying that they are not accepting video footage. They need to take into consideration some of the most vulnerable road users. It is sending the wrong message if that sort of behaviour is allowed."