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Near Miss of the Day 426: Driver squeezes cyclist into kerb - but no action taken by police

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

The latest video in our Near Miss of the Day series shows the moment a driver squezed a cyclist into the kerb - but no action was taken by the police against the motorist.

Dave, the cyclist involved, told us: "Another poor decision from Northamptonshire Police.

"The footage shows the car overtaking me on my commute home back in November 2019.

"The reply dated 30th April 2020 states: 'during the investigation it was established that despite a collision occurring it transpired no damage or injury in view of this the criteria was not met, in relation to the inconsiderate driving there is a legal requirement to send a NIP within 14 days. The incident was reported on 27/11/19 and allocated to a case builder on 24/12/19 therefore the Statutory limit had passed, so no further action will be taken'.

"It seems that the 27 days taken to allocate an officer has meant that no action can be taken. Something seems wrong with this," he added.  

> Near Miss of the Day turns 100 - Why do we do the feature and what have we learnt from it?

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.

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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.

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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