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Near Miss of the Day 407: Two close passes on first day of lockdown being eased

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

Yesterday saw the partial easing of lockdown in England, with people now advised by the government that they can take unlimited exercise as well as drive to open spaces anywhere in the country. The latter will put more drivers on the road, of course, so we may well see more close passes - and here's a reader who had two yesterday, the first from a car driver coming towards him who seemed to be distracted by his phone, the second from an articulated lorry driver towing a trailer who overtook him.

It was filmed by reader Graham, who told us that both incidents happened in Charnwood, north west Leicestershire, and who said: "Yesterday for the first time in months I went out with my Gitup onboard, this being the first day after lockdown was started to lift.

"Needless to say I was close passed. Twice." Regarding the first incident in the video, he said: "I think the driver fiddling with his phone or something as he was driving straight at me, swerving at the last minute and waving an apology.

"I note the car, M11KCK, is not MOT'd and the MOT expired before the lockdown, so I've contacted the police, who want me to visit a police station to file a report!"

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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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