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Vigil and die in for designer killed by lorry in London

55-year-old Moira Gemmill, was killed in collision with a lorry when cycling in London on 9th April 2015.

Moira was a designer and major figure in the London arts world and was hand-picked by the Queen to oversee renovations at Windsor Castle. She is thought to have been cycling to work at St James’s Palace when the incident happened.

The 40-year-old driver of the lorry, from Potters Bar-based engineering firm JSM, was questioned but not arrested.

An incomprehensible travesty of justice

Last week, an incomprehensible travesty of justice occurred in Kent: a driver who had sent and received 40 text messages whilst at the wheel and who then hit an 18-year-old cyclist on a straight stretch of road in broad day light was cleared by a jury of causing the cyclist’s death.

At Canterbury Crown Court on 20th March, 36-year-old Philip Sinden was cleared of causing the death of 18-year-old Daniel Squire on the A258 Dover Road on 7th September 2013.

Police add insult to injury in Mason case

In a shocking display of insensitivity the Metropolitan Police announced to the media on 18th March that they would not refer the case of Michael Mason to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). This followed an announcement made only six days before, shortly before a vigil marking a year since Michael’s death, that the Met would refer the case to the CPS. This u-turn was broadly welcomed by the Cyclists Defence Fund (CDF), Michael’s family and other campaigners for justice.

Police U-turn on prosecution in Michael Mason case

With support from the Cyclists’ Defence Fund, the family of 70-year-old Michael Mason who was hit from behind by a driver on Regent Street on 25 February 2014, have been fighting for answers as to why the police did not inform the CPS of the case. Michael died on 14 March, 19 days after the incident.

Vigil to mark anniversary of Michael Mason’s death

To mark one year since Michael Mason was killed in a road crash in London, the Cyclists’ Defence Fund, together with the campaign group Stop Killing Cyclists will hold a ride and vigil on Regent Street on Friday 13th March.

Volunteers wanted for road crime photography project

Model Dag Lindberg suffered serious injuries in a crash whilst he was cycling in London two years’ ago.

He is now using his experience as a road crash victim to create a photography exhibition to demonstrate to politicians and the public the extent and impact of road crime.

Met Police Re-Launch Operation Safeway

Three cyclists, and another 26 people, have lost their lives on London’s roads already this year. This is three times the number of people killed in the same period in 2014.

As a result, the Metropolitan Police have taken the decision to re-launch Operation Safeway, which started in 2013 after six cyclists were killed in just two weeks.

The operation will involve the deployment of more than 600 police officers at 166 key junctions in the city during morning and evening rush hours. The operation will last for six weeks.

Baroness Jones raises concern over Mason case

London Assembly member, Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb, has written to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe to express her concern over the police’s handling of the Michael Mason case.

'Pointless' prosecution of helmet-cam cyclist dropped

The Cyclists’ Defence Fund has welcomed a last-minute decision not to prosecute cyclist Kristian Gregory for allegedly straying slightly over a white line on a poorly designed and unclearly signed pavement cycle track.

CDF to support Michael Mason’s family's quest for justice

The bereaved family of cyclist Michael Mason will begin their quest for justice after the Cyclists’ Defence Fund (CDF) confirmed today (Friday 19 December) that it will provide funding to support their case. CDF is a linked charity established by CTC, the national cycling charity, with the remit to deal with issues related to cycling and the law.

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