A cycling charity is to fund an attempt to force the Metropolitan police to reconsider its decision not to prosecute a motorist for killing a cyclist in the West End.
The Cyclists’ Defence Fund has decided to help Anna Tatton-Brown’s bid to secure “justice” for her father Michael Mason, who died in hospital aged 70 in March, three weeks after being hit from behind by car driver Gale Purcell.
It will also provide backing to consider whether there are grounds to bring a private prosecution if the Met refuses to reconsider. The charity believes officers may have failed to follow prosecution guidelines.
Earlier this month a coroner ruled Mr Mason, a stand-in teacher, had died from traumatic brain in jury as a result of an “accident” after the Met police said there was insufficient evidence to prosecute Mrs Purcell.
(See above for a link to footage from City Hall of an attempt by Baroness Jenny Jones, a Green member of the London a Assembly, to question Boris Johnson about the failure of the Met police to mount a prosecution.)
The Cyclists’ Defence Fund, set up by the national cycling charity CTC, has commissioned Martin Porter QC, an expert in cases involving cyclists, to lobby the police and Crown Prosecution Service, which was not consulted on the decision not to prosecute.
Ms Tatton-Brown, a BBC journalist, said of her father: “If he were alive now, I’ve no doubt that he would be fighting tooth and nail to get some kind of justice. It doesn’t feel right to just let this lie.”
Roger Geffen, CTC campaigns & policy director and CDF trustee said: “The Cyclists’ Defence Fund was set up precisely to champion and support issues related to cycling and the law. In the tragic case of Michael Mason we will aim to reverse the Met’s decision not to prosecute and help achieve the closure of justice for his family.
“We now need to build up our fighting fund so that we can ensure CDF can continue to provide all necessary support throughout the legal process ahead.”
A Met police spokesman said: “The coroner would have ordered us to reinvestigate if he wasn’t satisfied. There were no grounds for arrest and no grounds for charge. If any witnesses can come forward to challenge that, we would be willing to hear from them.”