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Steve Farrell  says:

Death crash policewoman escapes charges because ‘phone was in her lap’

A policewoman who caused a crash that killed a motorcyclist while talking on her phone has escaped prosecution after saying the device was in her lap. The Crown Prosecution Service says there is not enough evidence that Collette Carpenter, 23, committed an offence. Carpenter, a special constable who has handed out at least six fines for using a phone while...

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Jan 11

Posts: 8637

snev says:


If you had said all that in the beginning, it would have saved all the rest of us having an opinion.

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Sep 10

Posts: 196

Maybe you cannot call the lady involved a REAL copper  but the powers that be still seem to have closed ranks . The C.P.S  seem to be sticking to the facts as they see them -  the driver was not holding the phone ,end of  ! . But I have seen other cases that have been similar  ,but the driver  was leaning forward changing a  C.D. or  drinking / eating / smoking , and they were taken to court  . If I were  the riders family  I would be seeing a  solicitor  about a private prosecution  .

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Apr 12

Posts: 143

69Fastback says:


Sorry Rog, but have to disagree. Only when I have some continued vision, through the line of approaching vehicles (window glass) do I pull out. A typical saloon car will also allow you to pick up a riders helmet over its roof-line. I would never pull out when a large vehicle totally obstructs my view, not even if the adjoining carriageway has double solids! I hope this is the case with others! All my posts on this fatal incident, are based on putting myself in the drivers seat of the car, I would not have pulled out till the van was clear of my obstructed view. Maybe this should be one of the questions/Scenarios in the driving test???

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Oct 05

Posts: 135

romford4 says:


of the rights or wrongs, it really pisses me off that bikers caught doing big speeds have been jailed, yet this arse gets away scot-free.

Sure, judges will consider the 'potential' for serious injury ot death with a speeding biker and hit him with a jail term, but when someone 'actually' kills another roads user, they're able to walk away without penalty?!?!  This country becomes more f**ked up every day. 

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Aug 02

Posts: 47

manlow says:

Justice for David B

Has anybody set up an e petition for this? If so, what is the URL? :-))

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Feb 13

Posts: 2

Rhisey says:

e- petition

An e-petition was submitted, but refused yesterday. A new one has been submitted now, waiting to hear back if it is accepted this time. Updates are on the Justice for David Bartholomew face book page, and all links will appear on there.!/JusticeForDavidBartholomew

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Jul 08

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Fomancu says:

Interesting Case..with remarkable parallels?

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Oct 11

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Piglet2010 says:

No Different...

No different here in the US, where the neighboring state (Illinois) has just passed a law with draconian penalties for riding a wheelie, but a cager that runs over and kills a motorcyclist, bicyclist, or pedestrian may not even get a traffic citation for failure to yield based on the “I didn’t see him/her” excuse.

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Feb 13

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Rhisey says:

Leave negative feedback about the CPS  Please feel free to leave 'negative feedback' on their site... you'll get a letter of acknowledgement from Helene Mulholland, which says John Montague, Deputy District Crown Prosecutor will provide you with a response. A lot of people have already done this to help us try to get justice and get their anger across at the same time.

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Feb 09

Posts: 515

Without wishing to be negative, CPS will pay no attention whatsoever to complaints. They are not subject to discipline regulations or any form of punishment. They work for the Crown, which is basically a subsidiary of the incumbent Government. As such, they are pretty much fireproof, so any mistakes or incompetence, as appears to be the case here, will be reported to a senior lawyer then - FORGOTTEN. Oh, perhaps a junior will get a bollocking ove a glass of Chablis during lunch, then they all move on in their emotionless world of facts. Justice in this nation is  pitiful. 


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