No police action over Welwyn crash ‘caught on CCTV’

PUBLISHED: 13:21 04 October 2013 | UPDATED: 13:23 04 October 2013

James Brum with his letter from the Police

James Brum with his letter from the Police


POLICE are not investigating an alleged hit and run accident – despite the ‘victim’ capturing it on CCTV.

Herts Police said the footage – which appeared to show Martin Brum being struck by an NHS van outside his Codicote Road, Welwyn, home – is of “insufficient quality and did not clearly prove if there was any collision”.

The 48-year-old only heard about the force’s position after the WHT contacted him, and has slammed the decision.

He said: “If they can’t do their job with evidence and the ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) camera opposite, there is not much hope. I don’t know what to make of it at all, at the least I’m very disappointed.

“To say there is insufficient evidence, what more do they want?”

Mr Brum said he would reconsider contacting the police if he was hit again and insists he is not after a prosecution following the May 31 collision – just an apology.

Following a story in the WHT, police issued an appeal and the driver of the van got in touch with the force.

A police spokesman said: “The van was traced using footage from a nearby ANPR camera.

“The driver of the van contacted the police following an appeal and admitted to having been in the area at the time, but was unaware if he had hit anyone.

“The complainant had CCTV footage from cameras he owned, but this was of insufficient quality and did not clearly prove if there was any collision.

“Therefore due to there being no conclusive evidence that an offence had taken place the investigation has been closed.”

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