Last Monday evening, a cyclist was injured southbound on Sandycombe Road in Richmond, opposite the Manor Circus roundabout. It’s on my usual route home, and I arrived not long after the Police, apparently. Three cars were in attendance, and the cyclist was lying on the ground. A small car was stopped further up, and one of the officers was talking to someone beside the car.
I took a photo with my phone camera and was moved along in no uncertain terms by the sergeant and inspector present – the sergeant asked why I was taking the picture, I explained, and he then told me I couldn’t do so, and could move along.
And once he’d brow-beaten me, the Inspector who was also on the scene, after I pointed out that it was a public place and I was entirely entitled to take photographs, said “I don’t care what the law says.”
I was also asked “Would you want someone taking your picture if you were lying on the road?” to which I replied “Definitely.” That didn’t endear me either, so I left. Here’s the scene: the injured woman was on the ground behind the police car, her bike standing incongruously against the wooden fence, which suggests it wasn’t being treated as very much of a crime scene.
I don’t know what happened, but will be asking my local station: Richmond seems to be having more and more unreported incidents on the roads, whether with cyclists or pedestrians, and few of them seem to make it to the local paper.