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Near Miss of the Day 303: Glancing blow but police won’t even speak to the driver

Our regular series featuring close passes from around the country – today it's Sussex...

This near miss looks about as close as they come to us – indeed Phil, the cyclist involved, told us that the rear door handle actually clipped his hip. Sussex Police apparently didn’t think it was worth speaking to the driver though.

The incident happened a couple of weeks ago in Lindfield, West Sussex.

“The Mercedes rear door handle clipped my hip and I thought I was off,” said Phil. “This has certainly made me think twice about cycling on UK roads.

“I reported it to Sussex police's operation crackdown with the result of: ‘No action will be taken but the report will be kept and possibly reviewed if the driver is reported again.’

“So this driver does not even get educated on how his driving nearly killed a vulnerable road user? Hey ho, perhaps I should take up knitting.”

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Over the years has reported on literally hundreds of close passes and near misses involving badly driven vehicles from every corner of the country – so many, in fact, that we’ve decided to turn the phenomenon into a regular feature on the site. One day hopefully we will run out of close passes and near misses to report on, but until that happy day arrives, Near Miss of the Day will keep rolling on.

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Please also let us know whether you contacted the police and if so what their reaction was, as well as the reaction of the vehicle operator if it was a bus, lorry or van with company markings etc.

Alex has written for more cricket publications than the rest of the team combined. Despite the apparent evidence of this picture, he doesn't especially like cake.

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