Cyclist seriously injured after being hit by police car on 999 call

Paramedics were called to the scene and the rider was taken to hospital

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A cyclist was left with serious injuries after being hit by a police car responding to a 999 call.

The crash happened in a residential street in Luton at around 4.15pm on Monday, October 14.

Bedfordshire Police released details of the incident, which happened as a police car was responding to an emergency call.

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Paramedics were called after the cyclist was hit and he was taken to hospital in a serious condition. His family have been informed and are being supported by officers, according to Bedfordshire Police.

Montrose Avenue, where the crash happened, was closed for several hours while an investigation was carried out.

The incident has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), which is standard protocol for collisions involving police vehicles. An IOPC investigation will be carried out.

A statement from Bedfordshire Police, released on Monday, said: “The incident occurred at around 4.15pm on Montrose Avenue as the police car was responding to a 999 call.

“The ambulance service attended and a man was taken to hospital in a serious condition. His family have been made aware and are being supported by officers.

“Montrose Avenue was closed for several hours while an investigation took place. The circumstances of the incident were referred to the IOPC in line with standard protocol and an independent investigation by the IOPC is now taking place.”

Earlier this week, a cyclist spoke out after being hit by a driver who used his Lexus 4x4 as a weapon.

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Craig Perrot was cycling in Tooting, London, when he remonstrated with Abdool Choonka, 70 for pulling out at a junction and nearly hitting him.

Mr Perrott was then hit by the car and crushed against a parked vehicle.

The victim criticised Choonka’s 30-month prison sentence for being too lenient.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.