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Near Miss of the Day 224: Left hook at junction

Our regular feature highlighting close passes caught on camera from around the country – today it’s Warwickshire

Today's video in our Near Miss of the Day series shows a driver left-hooking a cyclist at a junction in Warwickshire.

It took place yesterday in Leamington Spa to reader Tony, who told us: "This happened last night on my way home from work, it's not the first time someone has done this, but this one seemed pre-meditated.

"I am submitting the short version. The earlier part of the video shows me pulling up to the red lights, waiting for the signal to change then setting off.

"The guy in the Audi at the front of the car queue clearly thinks that bikes shouldn't head straight to the front of the queue and that when overtaking a moving bike, once it is next to a car it becomes stationary.

"And finally, that I am invisible (I have lights and a reflective jacket) because he claimed he hadn't seen me.

"I was not indicating to turn left, I only turned left to follow him and tell him he was on video and I would submit it.," he added - with the footage subsequently forwarded to West Midlands Police.

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Over the years has reported on literally hundreds of close passes and near misses involving badly driven vehicles from every corner of the country – so many, in fact, that we’ve decided to turn the phenomenon into a regular feature on the site. One day hopefully we will run out of close passes and near misses to report on, but until that happy day arrives, Near Miss of the Day will keep rolling on.

If you’ve caught on camera a close encounter of the uncomfortable kind with another road user that you’d like to share with the wider cycling community please send it to us at info [at] or send us a message via the Facebook page.

If the video is on YouTube, please send us a link, if not we can add any footage you supply to our YouTube channel as an unlisted video (so it won't show up on searches).

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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