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Police name reckless driver who aimed stolen car at cyclists in Clapham last week

Members of the public urged not to approach Shane Seymour

The Metropolitan Police has issued a name and photo of a man in connection with the incident last week in which a driver was filmed aiming an Audi at a group of cyclists on the A24 in Clapham.

Detective Constable James Preston from Brixton CID, said: "We have been working hard to investigate this incident since first becoming aware of it on Wednesday 01 August – and have issued an image of our main suspect.

"Today we are naming this man as Shane Seymour. He is known to have links to South London and the Canterbury area.

"Have you seen him, or do you know where he is? Please contact us or Crimestoppers if so as we urgently need to speak to him in relation to this matter. If any members of the public spot him, do not approach him but call 999 straight away.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 and quote CAD 1581/1Aug. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Footage shows the driver throwing objects from his car at cyclists riding on Cycle Superhighway 7. He then turns left and carries out a series of dangerous manoeuvres, reversing back towards the cyclists before doing a three-point turn so as to drive forwards at them.

In one video, the driver can clearly be heard claiming that he is driving a stolen car. He then reverses at speed and disappears down Dorset Road.

Police know that the car was stolen and had false plates.

"It is only a matter of luck that no-one was seriously injured or even killed by this reckless driver,” added DC Preston. “The sooner we can apprehend him, the better.

"We’d also still like to hear from anyone who witnessed this first-hand who have not yet come forward. Anything you may be able to remember and tell us could really help this investigation.

"I would like to thank the public in advance for their help with our enquiries."

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StuInNorway | 5 years ago
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Some good news, he was arrested, and is now up in court for a string of offences... Hopefully they'll lock him up and forget where the key is...  https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/man-admits-deliberately-driving-st...

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mdavidford | 5 years ago
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This is not a 'reckless driver'. 'Reckless' is not a synonym for 'murderous'.

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vonhelmet replied to mdavidford | 5 years ago
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mdavidford wrote:

This is not a 'reckless driver'. 'Reckless' is not a synonym for 'murderous'.

You do understand the level of intent required for murder, yes? This is not it.

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oldstrath replied to vonhelmet | 5 years ago
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vonhelmet wrote:
mdavidford wrote:

This is not a 'reckless driver'. 'Reckless' is not a synonym for 'murderous'.

You do understand the level of intent required for murder, yes? This is not it.

I'd guess that 'murderous' is being used metaphorically rather than in its legal sense? But I do rather wonder what greater level of intent you want than deliberately aiming 2000kg of metal at a n unprotected human.

 

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vonhelmet replied to oldstrath | 5 years ago
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oldstrath wrote:
vonhelmet wrote:
mdavidford wrote:

This is not a 'reckless driver'. 'Reckless' is not a synonym for 'murderous'.

You do understand the level of intent required for murder, yes? This is not it.

I'd guess that 'murderous' is being used metaphorically rather than in its legal sense? But I do rather wonder what greater level of intent you want than deliberately aiming 2000kg of metal at a n unprotected human.

 

Something beyond wanting to scare them, which I imagine was all the intent in his mind. If he actually wanted to hurt someone, he could have with trivial ease. The fact that he didn’t suggests he didn’t want to.

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davel replied to vonhelmet | 5 years ago
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vonhelmet wrote:
oldstrath wrote:
vonhelmet wrote:
mdavidford wrote:

This is not a 'reckless driver'. 'Reckless' is not a synonym for 'murderous'.

You do understand the level of intent required for murder, yes? This is not it.

I'd guess that 'murderous' is being used metaphorically rather than in its legal sense? But I do rather wonder what greater level of intent you want than deliberately aiming 2000kg of metal at a n unprotected human.

 

Something beyond wanting to scare them, which I imagine was all the intent in his mind. If he actually wanted to hurt someone, he could have with trivial ease. The fact that he didn’t suggests he didn’t want to.

Of course, while we're speculating about about intent, he might have just been really, really incompetent. I wouldn't dream of judging someone by one photo, but I bet more narrow-minded readers have already filed it under 'bumfluffed bedwetter who struggles with shoelaces'. 

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srchar replied to davel | 5 years ago
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davel wrote:

'bumfluffed bedwetter who struggles with shoelaces'

...who just needs to bump into someone who dishes out a good hiding.

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Dropped | 5 years ago
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What I don't get is if the car was stolen why does he give a monkey's about someone touching the car? I know people can be ridiculously precious about their cars, but getting protective about a car you've nicked? Bizzare.

 

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OldRidgeback | 5 years ago
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I'm curious what offence the cops will get this guy for. I have a feeling he has committed others, not just threatening behaviour and vehicle theft.

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brooksby replied to OldRidgeback | 5 years ago
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OldRidgeback wrote:

I'm curious what offence the cops will get this guy for. I have a feeling he has committed others, not just threatening behaviour and vehicle theft.

Id guess that catching him in a viral video is kind of the icing on the cake: I bet the police already wanted him for a *real* crime...

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Mungecrundle | 5 years ago
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..and a rascal.

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don simon fbpe | 5 years ago
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He's either very short or just coming up for air...

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Yorkshire wallet replied to don simon fbpe | 5 years ago
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don simon wrote:

He's either very short or just coming up for air...

He's a robber

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bikeandy61 | 5 years ago
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OK I know very little about the specifics of the law. BUT. Does anyone else feel that the police's description of him as a "reckless driver" is normalising this behaviour. If he'd threatened a and attacked a group of people with an axe would they be looking for a "reckless lumberjack". This is not a driving offence. It is an attempt to commit GBH or ABH with the use of a lethal weapon. If attacking someone with a motor vehicle can only be classed as a driving offence then this is an instant when even I will call for the creation of a new law or modification of the law .

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whobiggs replied to bikeandy61 | 5 years ago
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bikeandy61 wrote:

OK I know very little about the specifics of the law. BUT. Does anyone else feel that the police's description of him as a "reckless driver" is normalising this behaviour. If he'd threatened a and attacked a group of people with an axe would they be looking for a "reckless lumberjack". This is not a driving offence. It is an attempt to commit GBH or ABH with the use of a lethal weapon. If attacking someone with a motor vehicle can only be classed as a driving offence then this is an instant when even I will call for the creation of a new law or modification of the law .

 

Surely at least a dangerous driving offence - I know they don't like using that one!

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kil0ran | 5 years ago
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Cast iron Trainspotting Begbie type

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handlebarcam | 5 years ago
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If he is known to the police, perhaps they could also publish his height? Then we'd finally have the definitive answer to the age-old question of how high shit can be stacked. Not very, judging by that photograph.

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C-Baron-Roger | 5 years ago
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And Brixton CID is sponsored by hintongrabs.co.uk ...

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Jem PT | 5 years ago
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I reckon he was either high as a kite or has mental health issues - definitely one "not to approach" as plod put it.

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burtthebike | 5 years ago
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Surprise, surprise; he's known to the police.  I'd have put money on it.

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Legs_Eleven_Wor... | 5 years ago
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Of course, you do realise that he's never going to see the inside of a prison cell?  

At some point over the next few days, he will present himself at a London police station in the company of his solicitor.  After being arrested and interviewed, he will be bailed within two to three hours 'pending further enquiries'.  The cyclist or cyclists concerned, will be contacted and informed that the driver has accepted a caution.  

Chief Inspector Andy McTeal from the Met's Road and Transport Policing Command will - with a straight fucking face - issue a statement reiterating the 'commitment of the Metropolitan Police to stamp out dangerous, illegal and anti-social behaviour on our roads', and not one single 'journalist' from the corporate media will ask, 'Are you taking the fucking piss, you lying, snivelling c**t?'.  

Anyone who looks like he might rock the boat will be asked whether they agree that Rupert and Tracey should be expelled from Love Island.  If they don't get the hint, there'll be a couple of coppers sent around to their house to help them to see the error of their ways.  

What a fucking dirty shithole this country really is. 

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Yorkshire wallet | 5 years ago
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His name is Robert Paulson.

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burtthebike replied to Yorkshire wallet | 5 years ago
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Yorkshire wallet wrote:

His name is Robert Paulson.

Had to look up the reference, but yes, an accolyte of onan and no mistake.

https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=His%20name%20is%20Robert...

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ChrisB200SX | 5 years ago
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They must have him named for a bunch of other "more serious" crimes. Hopefully his new-found fame will result in a rapid arrest if someone offers some reward for removing this one from free society.

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JD84 | 5 years ago
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Is it me or were the police at the scene as he was reversing off? Why didn't they catch him then?!

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Yorkshire wallet replied to JD84 | 5 years ago
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JD84 wrote:

Is it me or were the police at the scene as he was reversing off? Why didn't they catch him then?!

A twitter hate crime came up and a rapid response was needed. That or Brexit.

Probably also had to lecture any of cyclists present that weren't wearing helmets.

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vonhelmet replied to JD84 | 5 years ago
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JD84 wrote:

Is it me or were the police at the scene as he was reversing off? Why didn't they catch him then?!

I’m sure it is literally that easy.

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John Smith replied to JD84 | 5 years ago
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JD84 wrote:

Is it me or were the police at the scene as he was reversing off? Why didn't they catch him then?!

 

It's been addressed in every post about this. They may well not have the training to engage in pursuit. If they do they may have decided not to due to busy streets at rush hour not being the best place to follow someone like that. Even if they did think it was a good idea and have the trainign they may not have the authority as they are British Transport Police, not Met police, or have decided that there was no way their 1.0 Focus could keep up with the Audi, or that they wanted to put potentialy injured cyclists first and ensure their safty.

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cidermart | 5 years ago
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No doubt another driving ban, probably doesn’t even have a license or is already on one. Not holding my breath for any really deterrent being dished out with the main focus being on littering. Laywers may successfully argue he was trying to clear up the detritus from the roads by running down cyclists. A true bottom feeder and oxygen thief.

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CygnusX1 | 5 years ago
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Daily Express take note: Who is at fault? I don't see any cyclist being named by the police as wanted in connection with the incident. Maybe you can work out the answer to your question from that.

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