Rear Admiral Mark Beverstock, 51, was catapulted through the air and fractured his shoulder as he tried to negotiate Vauxhall Cross, one of the capital’s most dangerous junctions. He was dragged to safety by another cyclist.
He reported the incident to the Met police but was “staggered” to be told a week later that it had closed the case as he had been unable to provide the van’s registration number.And they got a typically acerbic response to this:
He had to admit himself to A&E at St Thomas’ hospital. He was angry when the police case was dropped. “I rang them up and said, ‘I’m sorry I didn’t provide the registration number, but as I was laying on the road after getting knocked unconscious the chances of getting it were pretty slim’.”So, were TfL obstructive? Well, no.
A TfL spokesman said: “When the police and other law enforcement agencies request CCTV footage from TfL, we will always help where we can and share footage and data.
“We do not have any plans for TfL’s traffic monitoring cameras, used to keep London’s roads moving, to record footage on a continuous basis. However, CCTV footage from buses, at Tube stations and other locations on the transport network are recorded and provided to assist the police if required for investigating incidents on the network, including traffic collisions.”So what have the Met got to say for themselves?
A Met spokesman said: “The Metropolitan Police Service is currently looking into this incident to ensure a full and proportionate investigation is undertaken in relation to this serious personal injury collision.”Ah. Translation: “Shit! We’ve been rumbled!”