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Driver cleared of careless driving in UK's first crowd-funded prosecution

07 th April 2017

Gail Purcell, who was accused of knocking down and killing cyclist Michael Mason, has been cleared at the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales of careless driving in what is believed to be the first crowd-funded private prosecution in the UK. Cycling UK's Cyclists' Defence Fund had taken up the case after the Metropolitan police refused to refer it to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Times, 7 April 2017, 18. Also reported in Guardian, 7 April 2017, 11; Daily Telegraph, 7 April 2017, 7

Subject: Legal advice and funding, Criminal procedure, Road traffic

Keywords: Careless driving; Crowdfunding; Private prosecutions