http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-34933345 (+ 45 sec DashCam footage)
Matthew Stockdale was driving home in the middle-lane of the M1 on 11 November 2015. An HGV came up behind him, and took exception to the fact that Matthew was in the middle lane when the near lane was empty. What happened next caused Matthew to fear for his life.
Recently-introduced legislation makes it illegal to hog the middle lane. However, the HGV’s next actions were at a minimum frightening and, in the worst case, could have caused a fatality - at about 20:40 GMT it deliberately cut across Matthew’s car and rammed & scraped it. It did this more than once.
Matthew later made a statement to the police:- "I can honestly say I have never felt fear like it. I began shaking uncontrollably."
Matthew runs a dashcam company, and his car’s dashcam was running & recording. He also had a mobile phone, and it was also running & recording.
Matthew called the Northamptonshire Police, reported the incident & said that he was going to follow the driver back to it’s depot. 14 minutes later the lorry repeated it’s attack & Matthew this time was connected to Thames Valley police. The 3rd time it was Bedfordshire Police. In total he made 6 calls, and all said “help is on it’s way”, but no-one turned up.
The lorry driver, who lives in Bedfordshire, was employed by Wincanton hauliers through an agency. Matthew followed the lorry to a depot in Dunstable. The hauliers’ insurers have accepted liability for his car damage, and a spokesman confirmed that the lorry driver is "no longer conducting deliveries".
Bedfordshire Police had called the paramedics whilst Matthew was at the Dunstable depot, and an ambulance took him to hospital with neck and shoulder pain. A Police Officer arrived at the hospital nearly three hours after Matthew’s first call was made. The force has seen the dashcam footage and an investigation is under way, but no arrests have yet been made.
--------- Alex Kemp