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Ipswich: Off-duty police constable in road rage probe

14:40 24 February 2014

The incident happened in Norwich Road (stock photo)

The incident happened in Norwich Road (stock photo)

A police constable is embroiled in an alleged road rage inquiry after a cyclist claimed he was knocked off his bike in Ipswich.

The officer was off-duty when the alleged incident took place in Norwich Road.

Suffolk Constabulary has confirmed it is investigating a complaint after police were called following a collision between a car and a bicycle. However, no arrests have been made.

The cyclist Ben Fosdike said he was travelling along Norwich Road near Coe’s outfitters when he heard a fire engine’s siren.

Mr Fosdike, of Donegal Road, Ipswich, said he slowed down and as a result he was ‘tailgated’ by a car.

The 25-year-old claimed he turned around and gestured to the vehicle’s driver to question why he was so close.

It is alleged the car then went to overtake Mr Fosdike, with its wing mirror being very close to the cyclist’s handlebars.

Mr Fosdike said he struck the mirror in order to get the car to move further away. However, he claimed the driver steered his car to the left forcing the bicycle on to kerb, leaving Mr Fosdike under his bike on the pavement.

The cyclist said the driver got out of his vehicle and began shouting at him. Mr Fosdike pushed him away.

The man is then alleged to have pinned Mr Fosdike against the window of a shop.

The incident is said to have ended when a woman from the shop came out to see what was going on.

Mr Fosdike claimed: “I said I would call the police. He (the driver) got back in the car and reversed over the bike and drove up the road. He pulled up 10-15 metres away.

“I didn’t know at the time he was also calling the police.”

Lisa Miller, a spokeswoman for Suffolk Constabulary said: “A matter has been reported to police in relation to an incident involving a cyclist and off-duty police officer, which happened at approximately 2.15pm on Friday, February 14, along Norwich Road in Ipswich.

“The matter will be fully investigated to see if any criminal offences have taken place and where necessary appropriate action will be taken.

“As is standard procedure, Suffolk Police’s Professional Standards Department has been informed, but no further action will take place until there is an outcome to the investigation.

“All parties have been informed.

“Anyone who witnessed this incident should contact Sergeant Ben Hollands at Suffolk Police’s roads policing and Firearms Operations Unit on 101.”


  • Was this a turf war? Whats the "Firearms Operations Unit on 101" all about?!

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Thin blue line we won't be hearing about this story again.

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    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Thin blue line we won't be hearing about this story again.

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    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • So the plod can shoot anyone the saw it happen thus keeping their records looking clean.

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    Mr cynical

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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