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Near Miss of the Day 253: Police admit they were wrong not to prosecute aggressive white van driver

Our regular series featuring close passes from around the country - today it's Sussex...

Today’s video in our Near Miss of the Day series is the third in a row featuring a white van driver – and it’s one that resulted in police apologising to the cyclist for deciding not to refer the case to prosecutors when it was submitted to them.

The footage was shot by reader James, who told us: “This one was late last year, in Hove.

“It was reported to Operation Crackdown, who sent the driver a formal warning letter but I thought it was definitely worthy of prosecution.

“After putting it on Twitter, the Sussex PCC, Katy Bourne, got involved and Sussex Police emailed me to apologise.

“They agreed it should have been prosecuted, but as the letter had been sent, it couldn’t be upgraded to a prosecution.”

Click through to James’s tweet for the full Twitter thread.

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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).

Please also let us know whether you contacted the police and if so what their reaction was, as well as the reaction of the vehicle operator if it was a bus, lorry or van with company markings etc.

> What to do if you capture a near miss or close pass (or worse) on camera while cycling

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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