Alan Church, Reading, Berkshire, July 2011
Alan is a passionate cyclist and member of Thames Velo cycling club. He collided with the side of a car when the driver immediately turned left after overtaking him. The driver admitted fault to the police and admitted she had not checked her mirrors.
Alan was left with a fractured vertebra and still suffers from back pain 20 months after the incident.
In a phone conversation with Alan, a police officer claimed that it was CPS policy not to prosecute collisions where there was no independent witness and that the police do not regard a collision as a crime where no serious injury is caused. The police then decided that the injuries Alan sustained were not serious enough for a thorough investigation.
The letter Alan received explaining the decision not to prosecute contradicted what he had been told on the phone – it stated that the police had made the decision not to prosecute, not the CPS, as there were no independent witnesses. This kind of contradictory information leaves victims unsure of why certain decisions are made regarding their case and makes it hard to challenge contentious decisions.