Cyclist complains about police inaction after getting knocked off his bike in Richmond

Tim Lennon: Knocked off his bike

Tim Lennon: Knocked off his bike

First published in News Richmond and Twickenham Times: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A cyclist has lodged a complaint with the police after he claimed they failed to show care or attention for him when he was knocked off his bike by a car door.

The cycling campaigner hopes the complaint will raise awareness of the dangers of opening car doors and trigger better responses from police in relation to cycle accidents.

Tim Lennon complained to the North Richmond Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) after he was unhappy with the way the police responded.

The cycle fanatic was riding along North Road, near Manor Circus in Richmond, on May 18, when the back door of a car opened in front of him and sent him flying.

He said: “I slammed into it and got thrown forwards and there was a car behind me.

“I went flying and there was a witness because somebody had heard the bang when I hit the car door.”

Despite not immediately feeling injured in the accident, Mr Lennon said he had been to his doctor this week with a sore chest and severe pain in his shoulder.

At the time, police were called, checked Mr Lennon was not injured and removed the bike from the road.

Mr Lennon, 44, said: “They did not make a record of it and just couldn’t get away quick enough.

“I thought it was not really an acceptable response.”

He said the police response was particularly concerning because he often cycled down that road with his five-year-old daughter.

He said: “It does make you feel like they don’t care.

“People need to be aware that every time you open a car door in front of a cyclist or pedestrian you need to look because you could be putting someone into serious danger.”

The cyclist lodged a complaint to the police this week and is waiting for a response.

The police said they had received the response and are looking into the accident.

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2:38pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Sparkythecat says...

Yet another complaining cyclist and a cycle fanatic at that. If he was uninjured as he states then surely the place had no reason to hang around and they probably felt they had more important matters to attend to. Another cyclist who feels he should receive special treatment for doing something he chooses to do. Get on yer bike and stop winging!
Yet another complaining cyclist and a cycle fanatic at that. If he was uninjured as he states then surely the place had no reason to hang around and they probably felt they had more important matters to attend to. Another cyclist who feels he should receive special treatment for doing something he chooses to do. Get on yer bike and stop winging! Sparkythecat
  • Score: -10

7:33pm Mon 2 Jun 14

alex twickenham says...

I do hope that Mr Lennon wasn't riding his Bakfiets cargo bike with kids in the front when he had his altercation with a car door - that looks to be what he's riding in this mugshot.
He does seem to have an awful lot of bad luck and confrontational issues with motorists - perhaps his behaviour attracts their bad behaviour in equal measure? As an occasional recreational and shopping cyclist, I find obsessive cyclists like Mr Lennon just as scary as speeding delivery vans and do not wish them to speak on my behalf.
Mr Lennon aka Lucullus on Twitter (seems a bit pretentious doesn't it?) is a prolific twitterer about all things cycling, he's also something of a regular FOI requestor - perhaps complaining about apparent police disinterest in his incident is just another escalation of his tedious campaign?
Time to spend a bit more timer on the day job - eh Tim?
Alex
I do hope that Mr Lennon wasn't riding his Bakfiets cargo bike with kids in the front when he had his altercation with a car door - that looks to be what he's riding in this mugshot. He does seem to have an awful lot of bad luck and confrontational issues with motorists - perhaps his behaviour attracts their bad behaviour in equal measure? As an occasional recreational and shopping cyclist, I find obsessive cyclists like Mr Lennon just as scary as speeding delivery vans and do not wish them to speak on my behalf. Mr Lennon aka Lucullus on Twitter (seems a bit pretentious doesn't it?) is a prolific twitterer about all things cycling, he's also something of a regular FOI requestor - perhaps complaining about apparent police disinterest in his incident is just another escalation of his tedious campaign? Time to spend a bit more timer on the day job - eh Tim? Alex alex twickenham
  • Score: -5

7:46pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Twickenham resident says...

I can imagine the conversation:

Mr Lennon: Don't you know whom I AM?

Policeman: Er a cyclist who has accidentally been knocked off his bike?

Mr Lennon: But no. I am the mighty Lucullos, King of all Cyclists and I demand to be treated with R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

Surely Mr Lennon should be lodging a complaint against the passenger who accidentally opened his/her car door as Mr Lennon was passing and not the police?

What were the police supposed to do? Give him a blues & twos escort home or to hospital? Given the recent stabbings in the Borough, I think the police have more important things to attend to.
I can imagine the conversation: Mr Lennon: Don't you know whom I AM? Policeman: Er a cyclist who has accidentally been knocked off his bike? Mr Lennon: But no. I am the mighty Lucullos, King of all Cyclists and I demand to be treated with R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Surely Mr Lennon should be lodging a complaint against the passenger who accidentally opened his/her car door as Mr Lennon was passing and not the police? What were the police supposed to do? Give him a blues & twos escort home or to hospital? Given the recent stabbings in the Borough, I think the police have more important things to attend to. Twickenham resident
  • Score: -1

10:17pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Sparkythecat says...

Oh I didn't realise he is the sad Lucullus who graces us with his pleasure on here from time to time. That explains a lot. Problem is there are a lot like him around that think because they are cyclists the world owes them special favours and dispensation.
Oh I didn't realise he is the sad Lucullus who graces us with his pleasure on here from time to time. That explains a lot. Problem is there are a lot like him around that think because they are cyclists the world owes them special favours and dispensation. Sparkythecat
  • Score: 0

9:49am Tue 3 Jun 14

Concerned_Resident says...

You're all famous having made the keyboard warrior's Twitter feed.

Why not reply here, Timothy?
You're all famous having made the keyboard warrior's Twitter feed. Why not reply here, Timothy? Concerned_Resident
  • Score: 9

9:52am Tue 3 Jun 14

Sparkythecat says...

Perhaps he's too injured to reply and has taken to his bed.
Perhaps he's too injured to reply and has taken to his bed. Sparkythecat
  • Score: 7

1:45pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Paul M says...

Sparky - I too was injured in a brush with a car (a taxi in fact) and my injuries were not immediately apparent. I still ended up in hospital having an operation on my shoulder though, and several months' physio.

And anyway, last time I checked, all citizens were equal before the law, and entitled to the protection and assistance of the police for which we all pay. The Met clearly failed in their duty in this case. I'm guessing that Mr Lennon is a professional who probably pays quite a lot of taxes - perhaps more than you do - so is paying for what he is "entitled" to.

Alex - what exactly are you implying? Are you suggesting that it would be Mr Lennon's fault if his children were injured in his Bakfiets? Do you not think that in reality the fault would lie with the incompetence, recklessness or malice which sadly some motorists seem to be afflicted by? After all it is they who have the weapon in their hands, don't you think?

Do you think that your ad hominem insults are going to advance any argument any further, least of all your own?

Do you really want a society in which everyone is so afraid of coming to harm at the hands of their fellow citizens that they feel compelled to travel around in a steel cage wherever they go? And never enjoy the open air or a walk in the sunshine. If that is actually how you think, you are in a very small minority.
Sparky - I too was injured in a brush with a car (a taxi in fact) and my injuries were not immediately apparent. I still ended up in hospital having an operation on my shoulder though, and several months' physio. And anyway, last time I checked, all citizens were equal before the law, and entitled to the protection and assistance of the police for which we all pay. The Met clearly failed in their duty in this case. I'm guessing that Mr Lennon is a professional who probably pays quite a lot of taxes - perhaps more than you do - so is paying for what he is "entitled" to. Alex - what exactly are you implying? Are you suggesting that it would be Mr Lennon's fault if his children were injured in his Bakfiets? Do you not think that in reality the fault would lie with the incompetence, recklessness or malice which sadly some motorists seem to be afflicted by? After all it is they who have the weapon in their hands, don't you think? Do you think that your ad hominem insults are going to advance any argument any further, least of all your own? Do you really want a society in which everyone is so afraid of coming to harm at the hands of their fellow citizens that they feel compelled to travel around in a steel cage wherever they go? And never enjoy the open air or a walk in the sunshine. If that is actually how you think, you are in a very small minority. Paul M
  • Score: 1

2:49pm Tue 3 Jun 14

alex twickenham says...

Interesting that I should be singled out for such opprobrium from Paul M. I must have pressed the right button.
When I read this sort of drivel, I despair of people ever being able to co-exist let alone motorists and cyclists. The cyber world is full of bullies like this who lash out at anyone who doesn't agree with them. Did I say anything about being compelled to travel around in a steel cage, never enjoy the open air or a walk in the sunshine? No, I didn't.
I hope that Paul M isn't a proxy for Tim Lennon/Lucullus. If so he would be well advised to sack him.
Alex.
PS: I think I must have been excluded by Twitter from observing Lucullus's tweets anymore - a coincidence or perhaps he and his chums have complained about me as well? If so, they are easily found on Google and can't muzzle all of us.
Interesting that I should be singled out for such opprobrium from Paul M. I must have pressed the right button. When I read this sort of drivel, I despair of people ever being able to co-exist let alone motorists and cyclists. The cyber world is full of bullies like this who lash out at anyone who doesn't agree with them. Did I say anything about being compelled to travel around in a steel cage, never enjoy the open air or a walk in the sunshine? No, I didn't. I hope that Paul M isn't a proxy for Tim Lennon/Lucullus. If so he would be well advised to sack him. Alex. PS: I think I must have been excluded by Twitter from observing Lucullus's tweets anymore - a coincidence or perhaps he and his chums have complained about me as well? If so, they are easily found on Google and can't muzzle all of us. alex twickenham
  • Score: 5

4:28pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Sparkythecat says...

Hear, hear Alex.
Paul M: I am sorry to hear you were injured by in a brush with a car - a professional driver at that. I am somewhat surprised that you had to check that all citizens are equal before the law. May I ask why and where you checked and what makes you believe the police failed in their duty? They noted he was uninjured. They are probably fed up to the eye teeth with whingers like our friend and his holier than thou attitude towards other road users etc, etc.
How do you have the gall to guess 'that Mr Lennon is a professional who probably pays quite a lot of taxes - perhaps more than you do - so is paying for what he is "entitled" to' when you have suggested that all citizens are equal. Perhaps you consider that some (ie the wealthy) are more equal that others. You have no idea of my circumstances, so please don't bother to even hazard a guess as you are wasting your time.
Hear, hear Alex. Paul M: I am sorry to hear you were injured by in a brush with a car - a professional driver at that. I am somewhat surprised that you had to check that all citizens are equal before the law. May I ask why and where you checked and what makes you believe the police failed in their duty? They noted he was uninjured. They are probably fed up to the eye teeth with whingers like our friend and his holier than thou attitude towards other road users etc, etc. How do you have the gall to guess 'that Mr Lennon is a professional who probably pays quite a lot of taxes - perhaps more than you do - so is paying for what he is "entitled" to' when you have suggested that all citizens are equal. Perhaps you consider that some (ie the wealthy) are more equal that others. You have no idea of my circumstances, so please don't bother to even hazard a guess as you are wasting your time. Sparkythecat
  • Score: 7

5:20pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Llaker says...

In the UK it is an offence to open a car door so as to endanger others, and section 239 of the Highway Code states: "You must ensure you do not hit anyone when you open your door – check for cyclists or other traffic."
In the UK it is an offence to open a car door so as to endanger others, and section 239 of the Highway Code states: "You must ensure you do not hit anyone when you open your door – check for cyclists or other traffic." Llaker
  • Score: 10

7:32pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Twickenham resident says...

Llaker - the whole point of this story is not that a passenger accidentally opened his / her car door as Lucullus - er sorry Tim Lennon - was cycling past, but the fact that he has now turned his anger on our poor depleted Police - for seemingly not giving him the time and attention that he felt he deserved.

This, I do not think, is very fair at all.
Llaker - the whole point of this story is not that a passenger accidentally opened his / her car door as Lucullus - er sorry Tim Lennon - was cycling past, but the fact that he has now turned his anger on our poor depleted Police - for seemingly not giving him the time and attention that he felt he deserved. This, I do not think, is very fair at all. Twickenham resident
  • Score: 3

8:59pm Tue 3 Jun 14

lucullus says...

To be honest, the police officer I've spoken to has been very supportive, and tells me the driver has been reported for the offence of "Causing the opening of a vehicle door so as to injure / endanger a person".

Ironically I spoke this morning to another parent who cycles down North Road with his son (also at primary school), and he shared my concern about basic safety for children who wish to cycle.
To be honest, the police officer I've spoken to has been very supportive, and tells me the driver has been reported for the offence of "Causing the opening of a vehicle door so as to injure / endanger a person". Ironically I spoke this morning to another parent who cycles down North Road with his son (also at primary school), and he shared my concern about basic safety for children who wish to cycle. lucullus
  • Score: -1

11:07pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Concerned_Resident says...

Oh good, he replies.

Yes, it was not a pleasant experience for Timothy to have a car door opened on him. I would be peeved if this happened to me too. Is it article worthy though? God no. Absolutely not.

But whilst we're on the highway code and what ye must obey - what about not stopping at lights, overtaking on the inside, pavement to road to pavement manoeuvres, no lights or reflectors at night, no signalling, pulling ahead of the stop line at traffic lights... These are just some of the things I see cyclists do on a disturbingly frequent basis. An interesting read here for cyclists and motorists alike - https://www.gov.uk/r
ules-for-cyclists-59
-to-82/overview-59-t
o-71.

And sorry, but the idea of having your 5 year old ride on a main road, with you there or not, is just retarded. Sorry to use such a strong word, but it just is!
Oh good, he replies. Yes, it was not a pleasant experience for Timothy to have a car door opened on him. I would be peeved if this happened to me too. Is it article worthy though? God no. Absolutely not. But whilst we're on the highway code and what ye must obey - what about not stopping at lights, overtaking on the inside, pavement to road to pavement manoeuvres, no lights or reflectors at night, no signalling, pulling ahead of the stop line at traffic lights... These are just some of the things I see cyclists do on a disturbingly frequent basis. An interesting read here for cyclists and motorists alike - https://www.gov.uk/r ules-for-cyclists-59 -to-82/overview-59-t o-71. And sorry, but the idea of having your 5 year old ride on a main road, with you there or not, is just retarded. Sorry to use such a strong word, but it just is! Concerned_Resident
  • Score: 9

7:42am Wed 4 Jun 14

lucullus says...

Concerned Resident is, of course, right. The fact that some cyclists don't stop at red lights, etc., etc., means that it is my fault that someone opened a door in front of me.

And he or she will probably be bowled over with surprise that I neither commissioned nor wrote the article.

And where my daughter rides? You quote the law about cycling on pavements, then castigate me for choosing to teach her to be safe on the road, rather than 'terrify elderly pedestrians'. Still, nice to know how you feel about using pejorative terms like 'retarded'.
Concerned Resident is, of course, right. The fact that some cyclists don't stop at red lights, etc., etc., means that it is my fault that someone opened a door in front of me. And he or she will probably be bowled over with surprise that I neither commissioned nor wrote the article. And where my daughter rides? You quote the law about cycling on pavements, then castigate me for choosing to teach her to be safe on the road, rather than 'terrify elderly pedestrians'. Still, nice to know how you feel about using pejorative terms like 'retarded'. lucullus
  • Score: -8

12:32pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Concerned_Resident says...

When did I say cyclists jumping red lights makes it your fault the door got opened on you?? You'll want a job at the Daily Mail with reporting skills that good.

It's great you're teaching your young family to be safe on the road. But emphasis is on young there... 5 years old and cycling on main roads. Come on, it is ridiculous.

And the RTT is running a story you never told them about but did supply a photo for? Pull the other one - it's got bells on it. The police or the motorist who opened their door wouldn't have told the RTT about it.
When did I say cyclists jumping red lights makes it your fault the door got opened on you?? You'll want a job at the Daily Mail with reporting skills that good. It's great you're teaching your young family to be safe on the road. But emphasis is on young there... 5 years old and cycling on main roads. Come on, it is ridiculous. And the RTT is running a story you never told them about but did supply a photo for? Pull the other one - it's got bells on it. The police or the motorist who opened their door wouldn't have told the RTT about it. Concerned_Resident
  • Score: 11

1:59pm Wed 4 Jun 14

alex twickenham says...

Well said C_R. There's something strange about Timothy, one minute he seems quite lucid, the next he's conflating things that no-one has actually said or done, just like his probably ex-proxy, Paul M. A bit overtired perhaps, after his unexpected media exposure?
Because I have dared to challenge him in the past I am labelled "a local troll" and even worse which I won't quote here - isn't that also a bit pejorative Timothy?
His frequent use of expletives in his tweets seems quite inappropriate to his role as a cycling ambassador or whatever he has self-styled himself, let alone his other duties
Alex
PS: Bad news Timothy, as you can see, my access to Twitter seems to have been restored.
Well said C_R. There's something strange about Timothy, one minute he seems quite lucid, the next he's conflating things that no-one has actually said or done, just like his probably ex-proxy, Paul M. A bit overtired perhaps, after his unexpected media exposure? Because I have dared to challenge him in the past I am labelled "a local troll" and even worse which I won't quote here - isn't that also a bit pejorative Timothy? His frequent use of expletives in his tweets seems quite inappropriate to his role as a cycling ambassador or whatever he has self-styled himself, let alone his other duties Alex PS: Bad news Timothy, as you can see, my access to Twitter seems to have been restored. alex twickenham
  • Score: 4

10:55pm Wed 4 Jun 14

alroutemaster says...

It seems nobody was injured, so this was what used to be termed a damage only accident to which the police do not need to be called at all. The two parties merely need to exchange details like names and addresses and their insurance details. Oops! Cyclist. No insurance. So what if, as recently happened when some lycra clad prat rode into a parked Boris Bike Van, this man had damaged the car, the car owner would get no compo at all, and no police action...........
It seems nobody was injured, so this was what used to be termed a damage only accident to which the police do not need to be called at all. The two parties merely need to exchange details like names and addresses and their insurance details. Oops! Cyclist. No insurance. So what if, as recently happened when some lycra clad prat rode into a parked Boris Bike Van, this man had damaged the car, the car owner would get no compo at all, and no police action........... alroutemaster
  • Score: 2

10:57pm Wed 4 Jun 14

alroutemaster says...

Another question......why is this man pictured riding a girl's bike as it has no crossbar. Is there a hidden message in there somewhere???
Another question......why is this man pictured riding a girl's bike as it has no crossbar. Is there a hidden message in there somewhere??? alroutemaster
  • Score: -2

8:26am Fri 6 Jun 14

dellboy twick. says...

lucullus wrote:
To be honest, the police officer I've spoken to has been very supportive, and tells me the driver has been reported for the offence of "Causing the opening of a vehicle door so as to injure / endanger a person".

Ironically I spoke this morning to another parent who cycles down North Road with his son (also at primary school), and he shared my concern about basic safety for children who wish to cycle.
if no notes were taken at the scene of the incident, how could you be told the driver had been reported for an offence?
it would appear you saw an opportunity to advance the cause for cyclists, judging from the comments here you've probably done more harm than good.
yes some drivers need to be made to look for cyclists, annoying them is not the best way.
the council runs cycle training courses for adults and children; for 5 & 6 year old's they go to the schools.
[quote][p][bold]lucullus[/bold] wrote: To be honest, the police officer I've spoken to has been very supportive, and tells me the driver has been reported for the offence of "Causing the opening of a vehicle door so as to injure / endanger a person". Ironically I spoke this morning to another parent who cycles down North Road with his son (also at primary school), and he shared my concern about basic safety for children who wish to cycle.[/p][/quote]if no notes were taken at the scene of the incident, how could you be told the driver had been reported for an offence? it would appear you saw an opportunity to advance the cause for cyclists, judging from the comments here you've probably done more harm than good. yes some drivers need to be made to look for cyclists, annoying them is not the best way. the council runs cycle training courses for adults and children; for 5 & 6 year old's they go to the schools. dellboy twick.
  • Score: 2

10:10pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Sparkythecat says...

I see our friend has made it to page 6 of this week's R & TT. Quite a little publicity seeker isn't he.

No injuries at first so no need for police to take the matter further.
No publicity in that.
Better decide that he is injured and make a complaint about the police.
Next step compensation?
Watch this space .....
I see our friend has made it to page 6 of this week's R & TT. Quite a little publicity seeker isn't he. No injuries at first so no need for police to take the matter further. No publicity in that. Better decide that he is injured and make a complaint about the police. Next step compensation? Watch this space ..... Sparkythecat
  • Score: 1

1:58pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Concerned_Resident says...

He has certainly gone quiet on here at least. It's nice not having his sensationalism come lies.
He has certainly gone quiet on here at least. It's nice not having his sensationalism come lies. Concerned_Resident
  • Score: 2

8:55pm Sat 7 Jun 14

lucullus says...

Sparkythecat wrote:
I see our friend has made it to page 6 of this week's R & TT. Quite a little publicity seeker isn't he.

No injuries at first so no need for police to take the matter further.
No publicity in that.
Better decide that he is injured and make a complaint about the police.
Next step compensation?
Watch this space .....
I was injured, but didn't feel that it justified calling out an ambulance - perhaps you'd prefer they were diverted from a potentially far more serious call out, just to satisfy my ego and your lame personal attacks? I approached the RTT for neither of the articles. Nor, in fact, do I tell the local police what to do.

It's hard to see what's particularly sensationalist about any of this, except the very personal and unpleasant comments that seem to have been elicited, frankly.
[quote][p][bold]Sparkythecat[/bold] wrote: I see our friend has made it to page 6 of this week's R & TT. Quite a little publicity seeker isn't he. No injuries at first so no need for police to take the matter further. No publicity in that. Better decide that he is injured and make a complaint about the police. Next step compensation? Watch this space .....[/p][/quote]I was injured, but didn't feel that it justified calling out an ambulance - perhaps you'd prefer they were diverted from a potentially far more serious call out, just to satisfy my ego and your lame personal attacks? I approached the RTT for neither of the articles. Nor, in fact, do I tell the local police what to do. It's hard to see what's particularly sensationalist about any of this, except the very personal and unpleasant comments that seem to have been elicited, frankly. lucullus
  • Score: -1

10:10pm Sat 7 Jun 14

dellboy twick. says...

lucullus
it says in the R& TT
Mr Lennon, 44, said: “They did not make a record of it and just couldn’t get away quick enough.
Then they tell you the driver has been reported for an offence. Did you give the police the information? if not they did make a record.
The police treat all TRA's as serious until proved otherwise, yours was no apparent injury, no damage, so they probably moved on to the next call.
The number of comments speak for themselves, other disagree with your complaint to the police, all-though we don't know the nature of it
.The fact you can't see the problem is the problem
lucullus it says in the R& TT Mr Lennon, 44, said: “They did not make a record of it and just couldn’t get away quick enough. Then they tell you the driver has been reported for an offence. Did you give the police the information? if not they did make a record. The police treat all TRA's as serious until proved otherwise, yours was no apparent injury, no damage, so they probably moved on to the next call. The number of comments speak for themselves, other disagree with your complaint to the police, all-though we don't know the nature of it .The fact you can't see the problem is the problem dellboy twick.
  • Score: 1

10:17pm Sat 7 Jun 14

dellboy twick. says...

For TRA's please read RTA's
For TRA's please read RTA's dellboy twick.
  • Score: 0

7:19pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Sparkythecat says...

lucullus wrote:
Sparkythecat wrote:
I see our friend has made it to page 6 of this week's R & TT. Quite a little publicity seeker isn't he.

No injuries at first so no need for police to take the matter further.
No publicity in that.
Better decide that he is injured and make a complaint about the police.
Next step compensation?
Watch this space .....
I was injured, but didn't feel that it justified calling out an ambulance - perhaps you'd prefer they were diverted from a potentially far more serious call out, just to satisfy my ego and your lame personal attacks? I approached the RTT for neither of the articles. Nor, in fact, do I tell the local police what to do.

It's hard to see what's particularly sensationalist about any of this, except the very personal and unpleasant comments that seem to have been elicited, frankly.
Lucullus says:
I was injured, but didn't feel that it justified calling out an ambulance - perhaps you'd prefer they were diverted from a potentially far more serious call out, just to satisfy my ego and your lame personal attacks? I approached the RTT for neither of the articles. Nor, in fact, do I tell the local police what to do.
It's hard to see what's particularly sensationalist about any of this, except the very personal and unpleasant comments that seem to have been elicited, frankly.

I don't see that my opinion on whether or not you called ambulance is relevant, but you are happy to snipe at me about it.
So let's clarify matters: you are now saying that either a R & TT reporter just happened to be passing at the time of the accident, or they contacted you for a story as they were a bit short on news at the time?
You say you don't tell the police what to do, but you are happy to tell the world at large what they don't do.
It would seem that you are alone in being unable to see what is particularly sensational about this as everyone else seems to be very clear about it.
Could you just clarify another small point: Am I correct in thinking that it is OK for you to make "very personal and unpleasant comments" but the rest of us must not do so?
[quote][p][bold]lucullus[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sparkythecat[/bold] wrote: I see our friend has made it to page 6 of this week's R & TT. Quite a little publicity seeker isn't he. No injuries at first so no need for police to take the matter further. No publicity in that. Better decide that he is injured and make a complaint about the police. Next step compensation? Watch this space .....[/p][/quote]I was injured, but didn't feel that it justified calling out an ambulance - perhaps you'd prefer they were diverted from a potentially far more serious call out, just to satisfy my ego and your lame personal attacks? I approached the RTT for neither of the articles. Nor, in fact, do I tell the local police what to do. It's hard to see what's particularly sensationalist about any of this, except the very personal and unpleasant comments that seem to have been elicited, frankly.[/p][/quote]Lucullus says: I was injured, but didn't feel that it justified calling out an ambulance - perhaps you'd prefer they were diverted from a potentially far more serious call out, just to satisfy my ego and your lame personal attacks? I approached the RTT for neither of the articles. Nor, in fact, do I tell the local police what to do. It's hard to see what's particularly sensationalist about any of this, except the very personal and unpleasant comments that seem to have been elicited, frankly. I don't see that my opinion on whether or not you called ambulance is relevant, but you are happy to snipe at me about it. So let's clarify matters: you are now saying that either a R & TT reporter just happened to be passing at the time of the accident, or they contacted you for a story as they were a bit short on news at the time? You say you don't tell the police what to do, but you are happy to tell the world at large what they don't do. It would seem that you are alone in being unable to see what is particularly sensational about this as everyone else seems to be very clear about it. Could you just clarify another small point: Am I correct in thinking that it is OK for you to make "very personal and unpleasant comments" but the rest of us must not do so? Sparkythecat
  • Score: 2

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