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Update: Police investigating video of Brighton driver deliberately clattering wands on emergency bike lane

“There you go, mate, they get a proper little bashing for you … Ooh, I’ve knocked me wing mirror off”

Update: Sussex Police have said they are investigating a video we reported on yesterday that was posted to Facebook and shows a motorist driving into wands on an emergency protected cycle lane in Brighton.

The force told road.cc: “We are aware of a video circulating on social media which appears to show a vehicle colliding with bollards in a cycle lane on Brighton seafront.

“This has been reported to us, and our enquiries are ongoing to identify the driver and to establish if any offences have been committed.

“Anyone with any information about the incident is urged to contact us online or call 101, quoting serial 548 of 30/08."

The video itself, which was included in our original report, has since either been deleted from Facebook or made private.

Meanwhile, we have been told that the person the driver named as "my old mate" is likely to be Brighton businessman Robbie Raggio and not former West Sussex county councillor Robin Rogers.

Our original report, published at 1430hrs on Monday 31 August 2020 appears below.

Footage ​has been posted to social media of a Brighton driver deliberately clattering a row of wands forming an emergency cycle lane along the city’s seafront – resulting in him breaking his vehicle’s wing mirror.

The video, which appears to have been filmed by the driver, was posted to Facebook on 23 August by Julie Dawes.

She wrote: “Someone very close to me is a very bad boy … we really don’t need another cycling lane or Green Party to be voted in again.”

[Video that originally appeared here has since been removed from Facebook or made private]

In the video, the driver can be heard saying: “This is for my friend Robin Rogers and your shitty bike lanes.”

To the background sound of the vehicle hitting the wands, he says: “There you go, Robbie, here you go, mate. Fucking load of bollocks, innit?

“There you go, mate, they get a proper little bashing for you.”

He adds with a chuckle: “Ooh, I’ve knocked me wing mirror off. Knocked it right off.”

There is no-one of the name Robin Rogers currently sitting on either West Sussex County Council, which is the local highways authority, nor on Brighton & Hove City Council.

A Liberal Democrat councillor of that name represented Worthing’s Northbrook ward on the county council until 2017 and did not stand for re-election that year, when the seat was won by the Conservatives.

Judging by the comments on the Facebook post, it appears a number of people are aware who the driver is, with several congratulating him, one saying “Only him.”

Another asked, “Hero … can he come and do Worthing too” to which the original poster replied, “lol they do bounce back again.”

Sussex Police was alerted to the video on Twitter, and we have asked them if they are investigating the incident.

According to local newspaper The Argus, there has been some vocal local opposition to the city’s temporary cycle lanes, announced in June and which opened the week before last.

In recent days, part of the same protected cycle lane, this section running from the Aquarium roundabout to West Street, was removed just days after it opened.

Green Party councillor Pete West, who chairs Brighton & Hove City Council’s environment, transport and sustainability committee, said: “Congestion on this stretch has had a knock-on for major bus routes and delays to bus journey times – that is unacceptable.

"Sadly, attempted changes to adjust traffic light timings have not provided the answers needed as there is still insufficient capacity for the volume of traffic heading towards West Street,” he added.

As we reported last week, the Bike Is Best campaign group, which brings together more than 50 cycle brands and organisations, wrote to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to warn that delays in implementing infrastructure projects and local authorities caving in to opponents of such schemes risked wrecking his vision of “a new golden age of cycling.”

> Bikelash! PM urged to act as fears grow that golden age of cycling could fall victim to govt delay and anti-cycling sentiment

We also reported how in a Low Traffic Neighbourhood unveiled last week in Ealing, planters designed to stop motorists using residential streets as rat runs had been vandalised or moved, with similar incidents happening in other London boroughs.

> Oil poured on roads and vandalism as protests against low-traffic neighbourhoods turn nasty

Simon joined road.cc 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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Rapha Nadal | 3 years ago
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This kind of goes to show how little understanding our locals have of the situation. 

Blaming the Greens is ludicrous when the funding comes from central governement.

When you speak to people about the new lanes they get outraged as there were no public consultations.  There have been quite a number of these as I took place in all of them!  They're online due to the ongoing pandemic.

The best part is the local protests outside of the Hove council offices which generally attract about 20 people.  The offices have been closed for ages...

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HoarseMann | 3 years ago
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and after removing their post from FB, they find out the internet is forever...

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-8684879/Driver-infuriated-s-y...

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AlsoSomniloquism replied to HoarseMann | 3 years ago
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Why the DM? Also why under the Femail section? Anyone brave enough to click the link, please let me know the percentage of people supporting him and if the story falls more on his side?

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HoarseMann replied to AlsoSomniloquism | 3 years ago
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AlsoSomniloquism wrote:

Why the DM? Also why under the Femail section? Anyone brave enough to click the link, please let me know the percentage of people supporting him and if the story falls more on his side?

well, they said that the issue has divided social media, then gave three examples that all support the mans actions - but you knew that already.

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AlsoSomniloquism replied to HoarseMann | 3 years ago
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I don't click on DM links, sorry not your fault. But I assumed it would have been just comments related all cheering him. Even I didn't expect them to be cheering him in the story. Still doesn't explain why it is showing the "femail" section on the link though. 

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Fishpastesarnie | 3 years ago
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He says Robin Raggio not Robin Rogers. 

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eburtthebike | 3 years ago
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The driving test has to be changed to include a psychological element, so that selfish, arrogant, entitled people like this are never allowed to drive.

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Chris | 3 years ago
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I like feeling smugly superior in the knowledge that the sort of person that objects to people on bikes being a bit safer is also the sort of person that commits criminal acts and then posts the evidence online for all to see.

What a moron.

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visionset | 3 years ago
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Hopefully points and hefty fine for the mobile phone use too.

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Awavey replied to visionset | 3 years ago
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except there is precedent videoing using a mobile phone is not considered using a mobile phone for communication purposes under the law that fines people for using a mobile phone whilst driving  2 though as I always say I dont think that precludes pushing for a driving without due care & attention instead as they are clearly not fully in control of their vehicle and actually physically hitting an object in the road and damaging your car in the process ought to mean thats a slam dunk prosecution, but we shall see.

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Pedantic Pedaller replied to Awavey | 3 years ago
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A "Smartphone", due to it's screen and display capabilities, should be covered by Reg.109 of the Vehicles, Construction and Use Regs 1986.

West Mids Police have confirmed the definition CRT screen has now been widened to include all screen technologies.

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cbrndc replied to Awavey | 3 years ago
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By posting the video online he IS using the phone as a communication device.

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Hirsute replied to cbrndc | 3 years ago
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He wasn't driving when he posted the video.

The law regarding mobile phone use is quite specific in the activity undertaken on a phone. The law was introduced to make it easier to prosecute.

However the standard infringements of careless driving, without due care/attention still apply.

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Alessandro | 3 years ago
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Seems likely that this is David Bishop who shares an address in Brighton with Julie Dawes. Presumably wouldn't be too difficult for the police to verify who it is given we have a voice, the time on the dashboard and probably enough of the car to work out make and model (for those in the know). 

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HoarseMann replied to Alessandro | 3 years ago
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and best avoid this fish'n'chip shop...

https://www.facebook.com/SmugglersFishAndChipBar/

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Curtis replied to HoarseMann | 3 years ago
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would be a shame if someone damaged it purpose eh?

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Curtis replied to HoarseMann | 3 years ago
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would be a shame if someone damaged it purpose eh?

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HoarseMann replied to Curtis | 3 years ago
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Curtis wrote:

would be a shame if someone damaged it purpose eh?

Not the way we roll - and anyway, it looks a real tatty mess, not sure how it could get much worse. Best just consider alternative options if in the area.

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ChrisB200SX replied to HoarseMann | 3 years ago
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HoarseMann wrote:

Curtis wrote:

would be a shame if someone damaged it purpose eh?

Not the way we roll - and anyway, it looks a real tatty mess, not sure how it could get much worse. Best just consider alternative options if in the area.

I think Curtis was pointing out that it's not nice when someone decides to vandalise something that belongs to someone else, purely our of spite... Like this idiot did. Wouldn't it be ironic if someone did the same to him.

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Curtis replied to HoarseMann | 3 years ago
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HoarseMann wrote:

Curtis wrote:

would be a shame if someone damaged it purpose eh?

Not the way we roll - and anyway, it looks a real tatty mess, not sure how it could get much worse. Best just consider alternative options if in the area.

Let's just say it's a damn shame I live all the way up North lol

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CyclingInGawler replied to HoarseMann | 3 years ago
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"Our measures are in place to protect everyone"!

You couldn't make this stuff up.

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Peowpeowpeowlasers replied to Alessandro | 3 years ago
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Feel free to leave a review for Smugglers Fish and Chip Bar.  The one owned by a woman who thinks it's acceptable to destroy infrastructure that's designed to save lives.

 

https://goo.gl/maps/W7SDAGED9hxJGXHLA

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HoarseMann replied to Peowpeowpeowlasers | 3 years ago
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Peowpeowpeowlasers wrote:

Feel free to leave a review for Smugglers Fish and Chip Bar.  The one owned by a woman who thinks it's acceptable to destroy infrastructure that's designed to save lives.

 

https://goo.gl/maps/W7SDAGED9hxJGXHLA

I ordered a battered pollard, but received a battered bollard (1 star)

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HarrogateSpa replied to HoarseMann | 3 years ago
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Tell the Marine Stewardship Council - orcas were harmed by the owners of this fish shop.

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brimstone replied to Alessandro | 3 years ago
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Definitely a BMW as I recognise the information system on the dashboard.  Not sure which model though.

 

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hampsoc replied to brimstone | 3 years ago
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Poverty spec 1-series.

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swldxer | 3 years ago
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It's a DOOR mirror, not a "wing" mirror.

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hawkinspeter replied to swldxer | 3 years ago
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swldxer wrote:

It's a DOOR mirror, not a "wing" mirror.

Too slow

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Hirsute replied to swldxer | 3 years ago
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Thank you for your continued attempts to educate the readers of road.cc.

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Luca Patrono replied to swldxer | 3 years ago
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Article: Nutcase dismantles emergency cycling lane rods with his vehicle

Road.cc commenters: Let's have a semantic debate about the term "wing mirror"

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