Michael Mason

The scales of justice
A private prosecution ended in the driver's acquittal, but why did Cycling UK's Cyclists' Defence Fund bring the case, what was the evidence, and where do we go with Road Justice campaigning from here? It's a long read, but Duncan Dollimore answers those questions here.

 
 
Mick with his daughter Anna Tatton-Brown
Gail Purcell found not guilty by Old Bailey jury for causing the death of cyclist Michael Mason by careless driving.

 
 
Mick Mason with his daughter Anna
Three years after 70 year old teacher Michael Mason was hit from behind as he cycled along Regent Street, the private prosecution of the driver involved has finally begun at the Old Bailey.

 
 
The scales of justice: Photo Flckr CC; credit James Cridland
Tomorrow (25 February) will be the third anniversary of the tragic collision which led to the death of 70 year old teacher Michael Mason, who was hit from behind as he cycled along London's Regent Street. Three years of waiting and fighting, but in five weeks time his family will finally get to hear the evidence about what happened, as the private prosecution finally comes to trial at the Old Bailey.

 
 
Michael Mason and his daughter Anna Tatton-Brown
Gail Purcell (58) of Colney Street, St Albans, today (11 October) appeared at the Old Bailey for the second hearing into the offence of causing death by careless driving contrary to section 2B of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

 
 
Michael Mason with his daughter Anna Tatton-Brown
Gail Purcell (58) of Colney Street, St Albans, the driver involved in the death of cyclist Mick Mason, received a summons on Saturday (6 August) to attend Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 6 September 2016 for the offence of causing death by careless driving contrary to section 2B of the Road Traffic Act 1988. This case was brought forward as a private prosecution by Cycling UK’s CDF.

 
 
Michael Mason with his daughter Anna Tatton-Brown
Cycling UK's Cyclists' Defence Fund has issued proceedings against Gail Purcell (58) of Colney Street, St Albans, the driver involved in the collision which led to the death of London teacher Michael Mason two years ago. The private prosecution for causing death by careless driving follows months of fundraising by supporters after the Metropolitan Police declined to prosecute Ms Purcell.

 
 
Mick Mason
Today (25 February) is the tragic two-year anniversary of the incident that consequently robbed London teacher Michael Mason (70) of his life, when he was hit from behind by a Nissan on London’s Regent Street.

 
 
Photo by Joe Dunckley: Michael Mason vigil by  Stop Killing Cyclists.
Insensitivity follows further injustice, the Metropolitan Police now say they will not refer the Michael Mason case to the Crown Prosecution Service.

 
 
Michael Mason was killed cycling on Regent's Street, London
Under pressure from Michael Mason's family's campaign for justice, the Metropolitan Police have backtracked on their decision not to pass the case file involving his death to the Crown Prosecution Service for review.

 
 
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