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I just came across this!!


A blameless motorcyclist was left facing court and a fine of up to £5,000 after police charged him over an accident they knew was caused by a pothole. Andrew Bannell was left severely injured after he hit a road defect and lost control of his Suzuki, hitting a car travelling in the opposite direction. Despite suffering broken ribs, a punctured lung, an eye haemorrhage and ligament damage to his knee, the 25-year-old was charged with driving without due care and attention by officers from Avon and Somerset Police.

But accident investigators’ report concluded that the motorcyclist was not to blame – and workers who recovered Mr Bannell’s bike claim officers told them that the pothole caused the crash.

Mr Bannell’s lawyer Darren Hackley-Green of motorcycle specialists NewLaw said: ‘The behaviour of the police in this case has been outrageous. ‘They formally charged my client with driving without due care and attention, even though they knew that a pothole caused the accident.

The forensic collision investigator’s report prepared by the police themselves confirmed that the pothole had been at fault, since it showed tyre marks exiting the pothole itself.

‘However, they failed to disclose that fact until I specifically asked them in writing for a copy of the report. At that point the charges were dropped. Had Mr Bannell not sought legal representation, an entirely innocent motorcyclist may have had a criminal record.’

Mr Bannell, from Langport in Somerset, still suffers blurred vision and cannot remember the accident on the A371 in May.

The maximum punishment for driving without due care and attention is a £5,000 fine and a ban from the roads.

Avon and Somerset Police said responsibility for prosecuting lay with the Crown Prosecution Service. But a spokesman for the CPS said the police prepare cases in minor traffic offences.

Mr Hackley-Green added that officers should have sought more guidance from the CPS before charging his innocent client.

Story from The Daily Mail
 

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Re: In The News - Blameless Driver Charged Over Accident After He Hit A Pothole

Avon and Somerset coppers are Bast*&$s !!!! Total I AM THE LAW AND YOUR A BIKER ATTITUDE !!!:thumbd:

Just pleased the truth came out in the end :thumb: :)
 

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What a joke, just shows how messed up things are over here.

On another note, the roads around here are really getting bad for potholes. On my way to work there is a stretch of road that's letal - the A120 Bishops Stortford bypass is like a minefield. I won't be surprised if someone gets killed there because of the potholes. I have started to report them online, it seems no-one else has, and Hertfordshire Highways are not doing anything themselves.
 

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Unbelievable.:rolleyes:
 

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Some years ago I read a report by a rider who crashed on a large patch of gravel here in Oz.
He stopped at the next town and told the Police expecting they would send somebody out to clean up the dangerous bend.
Instead they charged him with riding with undue care and attention!
 

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I won't be surprised if someone gets killed there because of the potholes.
Can't wait to see if they charge somebody posthumously with dangerous driving.
 

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There is something seriously wrong with the UK at the moment and without going too OTT,how long are we going to stand for it.We are very quickly becoming a laughing stock.:thumbd:
 

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Some years ago I read a report by a rider who crashed on a large patch of gravel here in Oz.
He stopped at the next town and told the Police expecting they would send somebody out to clean up the dangerous bend.
Instead they charged him with riding with undue care and attention!
:crap: it seems just as bad over there then.....

Can't wait to see if they charge somebody posthumously with dangerous driving.
The scary thing is, I can see it happening.....

There is something seriously wrong with the UK at the moment and without going too OTT,how long are we going to stand for it.We are very quickly becoming a laughing stock.:thumbd:
Nothing will ever happen, people over here are far too self-centered to think about wider society. We'll just end up being the most miserable country in the world (unless we are there already). Why we have an immigration problem I will never know, why anyone would CHOOSE to live here is beyond me! :soapbox:
 

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There is something seriously wrong with the UK at the moment and without going too OTT,how long are we going to stand for it.We are very quickly becoming a laughing stock.:thumbd:
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Nothing will ever happen, people over here are far too self-centered to think about wider society. We'll just end up being the most miserable country in the world (unless we are there already). Why we have an immigration problem I will never know, why anyone would CHOOSE to live here is beyond me! :soapbox:
:idunno::plus1: It's so bad, everytime I go back to Wales I hear tales of how BAD it really has become, such a great country......WAS:(
Good job that i'm half French then...........
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