Lorry driver angry as police refuse to watch crash CCTV

A LORRY driver has told of his frustration that police won't look at CCTV footage of a hit-and-run crash because they don't think they will identify the vehicle.

Wednesday, 23rd March 2016, 6:01 am
The damage to Kamil Diduszko's lorry after a van crashed into it on Quay Street Roundabout in Fareham. He's angry that police won't look at CCTV footage to find the van Picture: Kamil Diduszko

Kamil Diduszko was driving down the A27 Western Way in Fareham when he stopped at a red light at the Quay Street roundabout near Tesco.

He says a van crashed into his lorry before skidding to a stop in the middle of the roundabout.

Kamil said: ‘Suddenly a van hit the right corner of my lorry, skidded and stopped in the middle of the roundabout.

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‘Being completely shocked I didn’t know what was going on. I started flashing the lights and sounding my horn.

‘The van driver put on the hazard lights, did nothing for five to six seconds and then drove away very fast.’

Kamil called the police and explained what happened.

He added he was told someone would be in touch within five days.

But after just a day he was told Hampshire police’s Collision Assessment Team had no details of the van driver and have no other lines of enquiry.

That is despite the CCTV cameras on the roundabout.

Hampshire police said it would not be proportionate to view the footage, his insurer could request it instead and it would be unlikely the van could be identified as it happened at 9.45pm.

He added: ‘No-one came to see the damage and no-one tried to catch the extremely dangerous van driver.

‘I called Hampshire police the next day to ask if the found the driver, there is camera pole in the middle of that roundabout, with a camera facing the exact place where accident happened.

‘The officer told me that police sent me notice that no further action will be taken because they couldn’t find the offender.

‘How could police tell the next day that they couldn’t find the offender?’

The force has lost hundreds of officers and suffered £80m of cuts from its Home Office police grant.

A Hampshire police spokeswoman said: ‘Our Collision Assessment Team reviewed this report and did not deem it proportionate for further investigation.

‘This was a damage-only incident and although we recognise there may be CCTV of the incident, the time of night this incident occurred would make identifying the other vehicle extremely unlikely.’