Brain damaged cyclist sues after police car crash

Cyclist suing police over crash injuries. Picture : Comp
Cyclist suing police over crash injuries. Picture : Comp
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An award-winning journalist who was left brain damaged after he was knocked from his bike by a London police car is suing the country’s biggest force for multi-million pound damages.

Donald MacLeod, 63, suffered devastating head injuries when the car, racing to the scene of a shooting, clipped his handlebars and sent him sailing through the air, his lawyers say.

The grandfather, of Inveresk in East Lothian was so badly injured that he is even now unable to look after his own affairs and is suing the Met Police through his wife, Barbara.

Mr MacLeod, who was The Guardian’s education editor, previously worked for The Scotsman.

Today, his barrister, Angus Withington, told Judge Martin McKenna, hearing the case at London’s High Court, that the police were to blame for the Oxford University graduate’s life-changing May 2010 accident.

The police car was responding to reports of a shooting on in Hackney, with its lights flashing and sirens blaring when the accident happened.