Operation Close Pass hailed a success as West Midlands Police see a reduction in cyclist casualties

The operation is hailed as a success after a 20 per cent reduction in incidents in the first year

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A year since launching Operation Close Pass, West Midlands Police have announced a 20 per cent reduction in the number of cyclists killed or seriously injured on the county’s roads. As part of the operation more than 200 drivers have been stopped and received an educational input.

In that same period the force have also prosecuted more than 350 drivers by using what is called third party reporting - the use of video evidence supplied by victims of close pass offences and other members of the public.

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.