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Police refer Emma Way "#bloodycyclists" case to Crown Prosecution Service

Motorist had boasted on Twitter about hitting cyclist, provoking a media storm

Norfolk Constabulary have passed the case of Emma Way, the woman who boasted on Twitter of having knocked a cyclist off his bike, to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), reports the BBC.

On Sunday 19 May, the 21-year-old trainee accountant posted a message on Twitter which read: “Definitely knocked a cyclist off his bike earlier – I have right of way he doesn't even pay road tax!" complete with the hashtag #bloodycyclists.

The tweet was quickly deleted but not before it had been screengrabbed and gone viral on Twitter as well as coming to the attention of the police.

In the ensuing days, the story hit the national headlines, including wider discussion of the issue of “road tax,” which hasn’t existed since the 1930s.

The cyclist involved, Toby Hockley, who had been taking part in the Boudicca Sportive, said he was “lucky to be alive” after being hit by the wing mirror of Ms Way’s car and catapulted into a hedge.

In a blog post for last month, he reflected on his experience of being at the centre of the media storm that followed the incident, as well as outlining how it had inspired the launch of a #bloodycyclist jersey, t-shirt and bidon to raise money for East Anglian Air Ambulance.

A website,, has also been set up with the aim of “highlighting the issues of road use and campaigning to make the roads safer.”

Ms Way was suspended from her job as a trainee accountant while police continued their investigations. The BBC said that her employers had declined to confirm whether she has been reinstated.

It is not known what potential charges the CPS may be considering.

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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