"Chased and stopped by the Police!"

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"Chased and stopped by the Police!"

Postby meic » 18 Mar 2009, 8:05pm

Today I was stopped by the Police, I had been reported for an "incident" four miles away. I was "pursued" and stopped and very quickly the Police decided it was a false claim.

Anyone care to guess the level of severity of the offence that I was falsely accused of?
What level of offence does justify that in theory and what level of offence in practice, bearing in mind our over-stretched Police force.

I am not "up in arms" or enraged but quite amazed.
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Re: "Chased and stopped by the Police!"

Postby patricktaylor » 18 Mar 2009, 8:09pm

Single pannier?

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Re: "Chased and stopped by the Police!"

Postby Jay-X » 18 Mar 2009, 8:16pm

Being on a bike?

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Re: "Chased and stopped by the Police!"

Postby kwackers » 18 Mar 2009, 8:21pm

patricktaylor wrote:Single pannier?


Unlikely, they'd never let that go...

Overtaking cars too close and too fast whilst shouting "pay more road tax!" is my bet.

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Re: "Chased and stopped by the Police!"

Postby fossil » 18 Mar 2009, 8:22pm

ringing you bicycle bell in a residential up area :lol:

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Re: "Chased and stopped by the Police!"

Postby jan19 » 18 Mar 2009, 8:27pm

holding a motorist up for 10 seconds?

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Re: "Chased and stopped by the Police!"

Postby Mick F » 18 Mar 2009, 8:30pm

Surely - "not wearing a 'thing' on your head"?
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Re: "Chased and stopped by the Police!"

Postby meic » 18 Mar 2009, 8:52pm

Well, you are all getting the level of the offence right.

I was accused of not having a seatbelt on the toddler in the trailer.
When the Police Officer stopped me, she was clearly wearing a 3 point harness as she always does.
The Police officer was a bit apologetic and I was a bit annoyed about the malicious reporting and asked if I could do a counter-complaint as I was sure it was part of motorists always trying to hassle cyclists who had delayed them.

The Police Officer said he had no problems with me and as I had accepted his advice, I could carry on. However a report had been made and he had to follow it up.
I replied, politely but firmly, that I did not accept his advice as I had done nothing wrong. I did not want to do anything that implied I had accepted any wrong had been done.

The Police Officer said he was going back to the station to get the details of the caller and have words with them.
As the Officer was leaving I said "The arent any regulations about children in trailers are there." Not as a question but as a statement.
To be fair the officer said "you're probably right."
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Re: "Chased and stopped by the Police!"

Postby thirdcrank » 18 Mar 2009, 8:58pm

You are, of course, completely right. It does seem unlikely that if you had been driving a car - when a child without a seatbelt would have been an offence - that any attempt would have been made to track you down.

As a former colleague used to say 'The mind boggles, Michael, the mind boggles.' :?

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Re: "Chased and stopped by the Police!"

Postby Mick F » 18 Mar 2009, 9:04pm

thirdcrank wrote:'The mind boggles, Michael, the mind boggles.' :?


My teachers used to say that to me!
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Re: "Chased and stopped by the Police!"

Postby dmiller » 18 Mar 2009, 9:15pm

To be honest I was wondering how the police tracked you down over 4 miles... The child seat must have been a good clue for them.

In all fairness to the officer it sounds like its one of those "oh {FFE - family-friendly edit } someones actually going to have to look into this..." calls for the Police where they know its daft but have to be seen to be doing something.

Now if they are bored and want to be seen doing something I can think of a few places one well placed officer can catch all kinds of road going shenanigans!

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Re: "Chased and stopped by the Police!"

Postby thirdcrank » 18 Mar 2009, 9:29pm

dmiller wrote:In all fairness to the officer it sounds like its one of those "oh {FFE - family-friendly edit } someones actually going to have to look into this..." calls for the Police where they know its daft but have to be seen to be doing something.


I have to say, that if there was nobody between the operator taking the call and meic who was able confidently to say 'This is not an offence' it makes me feel a bit sad :cry:

You have to wonder how the call was written off.

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Re: "Chased and stopped by the Police!"

Postby dmiller » 18 Mar 2009, 9:53pm

thirdcrank wrote:I have to say, that if there was nobody between the operator taking the call and meic who was able confidently to say 'This is not an offence' it makes me feel a bit sad :cry:

You have to wonder how the call was written off.


Well yeah, there is that!

I wonder if it made it through to an officer as its pretty unusual and all the civ support staff in the way just decided they were not making a call on if thats legal or not... more then thier jobs worth to make that call...

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Re: "Chased and stopped by the Police!"

Postby rbrian » 18 Mar 2009, 10:28pm

Come on now people, this was a heinous crime - there was a CHILD involved!! :roll:
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Re: "Chased and stopped by the Police!"

Postby thirdcrank » 18 Mar 2009, 10:32pm

Yes, and that's why I'm interested in how it was written off................