Man Caught On Camera Shoving Woman Off Bike In Whitechapel Leads To Charity Telling Cyclists How To Help Prosecute Motorists

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Helmet-mounted cameras are becoming so effective in combating crime a national cycling charity is telling its 70,000 members how to best use them to assist police prosecutions.

The national cycling charity, CTC, will feature an article on how to best “capture the right type of evidence when making a complaint to the police” in the forthcoming issue of its magazine, Cycle, published in October. The story will be accompanied by a series of camera reviews.

The article, CTC communications manager David Murray said, was prompted “by a lot of things” and follows an attack on a cyclist in Whitechapel, London, that was caught on a cyclist’s head-mounted camera and released to media this week.

Hours after the video was published a 33-year-old man turned himself in to police. The altercation is thought to have taken place several months ago.

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A man was caught on a helmet-mounted camera pushing a woman off her bike in Whitechapel; he turned himself in hours after the video was used in media reports

 

Of the CTC’s motivations’ Murray said: “There’s been a few incidents lately where footage has been used to help in cycling cases… and the rise in popularity of helmet cameras.”

The video that emerged this week showed a woman in her 40s cycling along Sidney Street as a male pedestrian, who has not been named by police, wandered into her path. She is heard telling him, “Please don’t try and knock me off”. The man tells her to “shut-up”, before chasing her to an intersection where he vocally abuses her and shoves her to the ground.

Murray said cameras give cyclists a “sense of safety” and had increased in popularity over the last 12-18 months as the price of the technology halved. A GoPo is now around £250.

He estimated “hundreds if not thousands” of cyclists used the technology in the UK.

While police were quick to announce the outcome of the incident in Whitechapel they did not want to comment on the role the helmet camera played in motivating the man involved in coming forward.

The issue, a Met spokesman explained after refusing to comment officially, was “too wide” with “too many implications”.

Helmet camera footage is often uploaded to YouTube by cyclists well before it is given to police suggesting that having the motorist prosecuted isn’t always the motivating factor.

A video from Reading last month, entitled “A Clown Takes A Prat Fall” gained over five million hits. The video shows a cyclist confronting a motorist and accusing him of being “too close” when he overtook him. The pair argue for some time and the video ends with the motorist falling to the ground after trying to kick the cyclist’s rare wheel while chasing him on foot.