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UK cyclist argues out of traffic ticket

09:30 Tue Jan 17 2012
MSN NZ

An English cyclist has filmed himself outwitting a police officer after running a red light in London.

The video, shot from the cyclist's helmet-mounted camera, shows the officer, identified as PC Stout, becoming increasingly frustrated before eventually and lashing out to grab the camera when the cyclist refuses to give his details.

PC Stout pulls the law student cyclist over and tells him that he saw him jump the red light.

"I remain silent, I have been advised by my lawyer," the cyclist says in response to the allegations.

The man continues on to say that he is not obliged to give the officer his details and tells PC Stout that he will not accept any paperwork.

"Under what law am I obliged to give you my details," the cyclist says.

PC Stout then threatens to arrest the cyclist, citing a law, IDCOPPLAN, that is in fact a guideline for police in the UK on whether to make an arrest of not.

PC Stout then asks if he would like to turn his helmet camera off.

"No I don't want to turn it off," he says.

"It's my right to carry it with me and to film this to make sure for my own protection and for yours."

The pair continue to argue over whether the officer is making a request or an order before PC Stout reaches for the camera.

"Can you not touch me?" the cyclist says.

"You touched the camera, you tried to touch the camera, don't you dare do that," the cyclist shouts as he rides away.

A MET Police spokesman told the The Daily Mail that they were made aware of the video in June 2011 when it appeared on YouTube and the officer had been given advice on the use of the Road Traffic Act.

"The cyclist concerned was later spoken to about this matter. The officer was right to stop the cyclist and we would like to remind all cyclists of the dangers of not stopping when a red light is shown at traffic lights," he said.