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Tough Mudder social media posts expose cyclist who made bogus £140k personal injury claim against council

Witnesses also confirmed that Gary Lucking's crash wasn't due to exposed manhole, as he had claimed...

A cyclist who sued a local authority for £140,000 after claiming it was responsible for injuries he claimed to have sustained after falling from his bike was exposed by social media posts that showed him taking part in events such as a Tough Mudder race.

Other social media posts showed Gary Lucking taking part in weightlifting, rowing and a charity bike ride to Blackpool, despite the 44-year-old from Crewe claiming to have suffered a serious fracture and long-term elbow injury after crashing his bike in January 2014.

Lucking said that his injuries, which he asserted happened when he hit an exposed manhole in Middlewich in January 2014, meant he had to sell his bike and stop cycling, reports the Stoke Sentinel.

The amount of his claim against Cheshire East Council had already been reduced at an earlier hearing to £20,000 after a challenge from its lawyers, but a judge has now thrown the case out of court.

Besides the social media posts that showed Lucking was still leading an active lifestyle – something that Deputy District Judge Peter Causton said left his credibility “shot to pieces” – two work colleagues who helped him after his crash said in evidence that he had fallen off his bike when attempting to mount a kerb.

Ordering Lucking to pay the council’s costs, which have yet to be assessed, the judge described his claim as “implausible and inconsistent.”

Cheshire East Council’s cabinet member for the environment, Councillor Don Stockton, commented: “This was a blatant attempt to defraud the council and the borough’s taxpayers with a bogus claim for an accident that was in no way connected with the authority or any defect in the road.” 

He added: "We, like all local authorities, are required to protect public funds and this sends out the message that we will challenge claims that we feel are fraudulent."

In June this year, we reported on another case relating to a six-figure claim against a local authority for personal injury supposedly sustained as a result of a road defect that a council had failed to fix.

Cardiff City Council brought in the City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department to investigate the case, resulting in the claimant, Luboya Tshibangu, being handed a three-and-a-half year jail sentence.

> Man who made fraudulent pothole claim for cycling injury jailed for three and a half years

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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joules1975 | 5 years ago
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Why is this on this site? It's about a half-wit trying it on big time, has very little to do with cycling, and is certainly not cycling new.

Oh no, hang on, you can put the word cyclist in, which will help with your google ranking and click throughs so that you can try and increase your advertising revenue.

Any chance road.cc can find some actually cycling news to do that instead?

Or maybe have a 'vaguely bike related rubbish' section that all this can be dumped into so it doesn't crowd out the stuff I actually come to sites like this for?

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CygnusX1 replied to joules1975 | 5 years ago
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joules1975 wrote:

Why is this on this site? It's about a half-wit trying it on big time, has very little to do with cycling, and is certainly not cycling new.

Oh no, hang on, you can put the word cyclist in, which will help with your google ranking and click throughs so that you can try and increase your advertising revenue.

Any chance road.cc can find some actually cycling news to do that instead?

Or maybe have a 'vaguely bike related rubbish' section that all this can be dumped into so it doesn't crowd out the stuff I actually come to sites like this for?

You read te headline, which pretty much sums up the story, so could reasonably know what to expect, yet you clicked through and left a comment. 

If the story doesn't interest you, nobody is making you read it.

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burtthebike replied to joules1975 | 5 years ago
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joules1975 wrote:

Why is this on this site?

As a warning to the rest of us?

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FluffyKittenofT... replied to joules1975 | 5 years ago
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joules1975 wrote:

Why is this on this site? It's about a half-wit trying it on big time, has very little to do with cycling, and is certainly not cycling new.

Oh no, hang on, you can put the word cyclist in, which will help with your google ranking and click throughs so that you can try and increase your advertising revenue.

Any chance road.cc can find some actually cycling news to do that instead?

Or maybe have a 'vaguely bike related rubbish' section that all this can be dumped into so it doesn't crowd out the stuff I actually come to sites like this for?

 

Hmmm...I suppose one could argue it's in the spirit of 'forwarned is forearmed'.  As in 'this story is probably coming to a cyclist-hating news outlet near you, so, er, brace yourself' (and prepare to repell collective-responsibility nonsense).  Other than that, not sure.

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burtthebike | 5 years ago
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While I'm glad that someone trying to defraud hard-pressed councils has been caught, I can just see the headlines in the DM and Sun.  It's funny, but I'm sure I read somewhere that cyclists are above average intelligence (or did I just invent that to make myself feel better?) but this guy is definitely towards the lower end of the intelligence spectrum.

Glad to see he now has to pay the council's costs, which ain't gonna be cheap, and faces the prospect of prosecution, just like the previous case.

Can't we ban people like this from riding a bike and giving us all a bad name?

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FrankH replied to burtthebike | 5 years ago
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burtthebike wrote:

Can't we ban people like this from riding a bike and giving us all a bad name?

He doesn't give me a bad name.

Do "crash for cash" motoring fraudsters give all drivers a bad name? Do bank robbers give all bank customers a bad name? No, of course they don't. So why should a fraudster give cyclists a bad name just because he happens to ride a bike now and then?

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don simon fbpe replied to FrankH | 5 years ago
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FrankH wrote:
burtthebike wrote:

Can't we ban people like this from riding a bike and giving us all a bad name?

He doesn't give me a bad name.

Do "crash for cash" motoring fraudsters give all drivers a bad name? Do bank robbers give all bank customers a bad name? No, of course they don't. So why should a fraudster give cyclists a bad name just because he happens to ride a bike now and then?

Erm?

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burtthebike replied to FrankH | 5 years ago
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FrankH wrote:
burtthebike wrote:

Can't we ban people like this from riding a bike and giving us all a bad name?

He doesn't give me a bad name.

Do "crash for cash" motoring fraudsters give all drivers a bad name? Do bank robbers give all bank customers a bad name? No, of course they don't. So why should a fraudster give cyclists a bad name just because he happens to ride a bike now and then?

Have you not seen the DM, Sun, Telegraph etc, all of whom collectively blame all cyclists for any transgression of an individual cyclist?

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FluffyKittenofT... replied to burtthebike | 5 years ago
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burtthebike wrote:
FrankH wrote:
burtthebike wrote:

Can't we ban people like this from riding a bike and giving us all a bad name?

He doesn't give me a bad name.

Do "crash for cash" motoring fraudsters give all drivers a bad name? Do bank robbers give all bank customers a bad name? No, of course they don't. So why should a fraudster give cyclists a bad name just because he happens to ride a bike now and then?

Have you not seen the DM, Sun, Telegraph etc, all of whom collectively blame all cyclists for any transgression of an individual cyclist?

 

Yup, the DM, Sun and Telegraph give all cyclists a bad name (or try to).  But that's not the claim being made, which is that it's people like this fraudster who does that.  That's obviously false.

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brooksby replied to burtthebike | 5 years ago
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burtthebike wrote:
FrankH wrote:
burtthebike wrote:

Can't we ban people like this from riding a bike and giving us all a bad name?

He doesn't give me a bad name.

Do "crash for cash" motoring fraudsters give all drivers a bad name? Do bank robbers give all bank customers a bad name? No, of course they don't. So why should a fraudster give cyclists a bad name just because he happens to ride a bike now and then?

Have you not seen the DM, Sun, Telegraph etc, all of whom collectively blame all cyclists for any transgression of an individual cyclist?

Exactly.  According to the DM, Sun, Telegraph etc, one teenager who does a wheelie through a shopping area in Croydon one time affects the behaviour, actions, and social standing of a retired bike tourist loaded up with Carradice on a vintage steel steed in the Highlands of Scotland.  I think it works like the Butterfly Effect or something... 

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