Motorist who tweeted '#Bloodycyclists' says message was 'worst mistake of my life'

Yahoo! News
Emma Way said she sent the tweet about knocking over a cyclist 'in the spur of the moment'. (SWNS)

A motorist who tweeted about '#Bloodycyclists' after knocking a rider off his bike says the Twitter boast was 'the biggest mistake of my life'.

Emma Way posted the online message after knocking cyclist Toby Hockley off his bike on Sunday, raging that the biker 'doesn't even pay road tax'.

After Toby, 29, was flung into a hedge having been struck by a car, Emma's Twitter outburst went viral.

Her message read: 'Definitely knocked a cyclist off his bike earlier. I have right of way - he doesn't even pay road tax! #Bloodycyclists'.





It was retweeted several hundred times and led to what a tearful Miss Way described as the public 'judging me on one man's side of the story'.

The trainee accountant, 21, who disputes Mr Hockley's version of events- told how the stupid comments were said on 'spur of the moment'.

Miss Way said: 'If I have known it would get this far I would never have sent the tweet to be honest.

'If I could take the tweet back I would but I can't. There is definitely a lesson to be learnt here but everyone knows what social media is like.

'I would never have written it if I thought it would get as far as it has now.'

Miss Way now faces potential charges of failing to stop at the scene of the accident, driving with due care and attention and failing to report an accident to the police.

She has also been suspended by her employers.


She added: 'I do not have a negative attitude towards cyclists, I cycle myself. The tweet was just a tweet.

'Everyone makes mistakes and it's the biggest mistake of my life.'

Mr Hockley initially planned to keep the incident to himself but then changed his mind and called officers after he spotted a tweet from the driver.

'I think she came across as a very silly girl and made herself look like a bit of a fool.

'I'm not angry, I would just like it known that her stupid comment that I don't pay road tax is not an excuse to treat cyclists like second-class citizens.'

He forwarded the message to police who are now investigating the matter.



[ Bercow's McAlpine tweet was libellous, rules court]




He added: 'She hit me hard, really hard. I am lucky to be alive. But I managed to get out of the hedge and stand up.

'The car was nowhere to be seen. She hit me and she was gone. All I know is that it was a blonde girl driving.'

The freelance chef said he felt battered and bruised but was able to finish the course after a few roadside fixes to his bike.

'I burst out laughing, I couldn't believe how lucky I was and that I was still in one piece,' he said.

'I had a hug with my co-rider at the side of the road and was just full of adrenaline.


[Handy Sat Nav apps that stop you taking a wrong turn]



'But when I finished, the aches and pains set in and I had a bit of sulk in the cafe and had an ice-cream.'

Miss Way, also from Norwich, has now removed the Twitter account and Norfolk Police said it had spoken to both parties.












































  • Tony Blackburn on Keith Chegwin and his 'drink problems'
    News
    Sky News

    Tony Blackburn on Keith Chegwin and his 'drink problems'

    Radio DJ Tony Blackburn has paid tribute to his great friend, TV presenter Keith Chegwin, who has died aged 60, and says he will miss his childish sense of humour. Cheggers was a great friend of mine and I can't believe he's gone.

  • 'Alabama deserves better': Shelby breaks with Republicans to denounce Moore
    News
    The Guardian

    'Alabama deserves better': Shelby breaks with Republicans to denounce Moore

    Roy Moore speaks during a campaign event in Fairhope, Alabama. Alabama’s senior senator has rebuked Roy Moore, the Republican candidate in Tuesday’s special election who has been accused of molestation and sexual misconduct by eight women, including several who were underage at the time. In doing so, Richard Shelby refused to fall in line with Donald Trump, who was endorsed Moore, and the Republican National Committee (RNC).

  • 'I'm A Celebrity' Final 2017 - HuffPost Verdict
    News
    HuffPost UK

    'I'm A Celebrity' Final 2017 - HuffPost Verdict

    The ‘Made In Chelsea’ star beat Jamie Lomas and Iain Lee to become Queen Of The Jungle ‘Hollyokas’ star Jamie was runner-up, with presenter and radio host Iain finishing in third place Georgia is the third consecutive female to win the show, and the seventh overall The trio had to endure one last Bushtucker Trial each in order to win their dream meal  It’s fair to say this year’s ‘I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!’ hasn’t been on its usual top form.

  • Max Clifford dies after collapsing in prison: PR guru was denied medical treatment, family claim
    News
    The Telegraph

    Max Clifford dies after collapsing in prison: PR guru was denied medical treatment, family claim

    Max Clifford dies after collapsing in prison: PR guru was denied medical treatment, family claim

  • Ryanair pilots in Dublin vote in favour of industrial action
    News
    Reuters

    Ryanair pilots in Dublin vote in favour of industrial action

    Pilots employed directly by Ryanair in Dublin, its second largest base, have voted overwhelmingly in favour of taking industrial action in a growing dispute over the airline's collective bargaining system, the IMPACT trade union said on Monday. The Irish airline, Europe's largest by passenger numbers, is trying to recover from a damaging wave of flight cancellations caused by crew rostering problems, while pilots at fewer than a third of its 87 bases have accepted an offer to increase pay. Several unions across Europe have been preparing for industrial action in a demand for better conditions at Ryanair with its pilots in Italy due to stage the company's first ever strike by pilots later this week.

  • US, S. Korea, Japan start missile-tracking drill, irking China
    News
    AFP

    US, S. Korea, Japan start missile-tracking drill, irking China

    The US, South Korea and Japan carried out joint exercises Monday to track missiles from North Korea, as China warned that such manoeuvres fuel tensions following nuclear-armed Pyongyang's longest-range test launch to date.

  • News
    Reuters

    Morawiecki sworn in as Polish PM amid dispute with EU

    Mateusz Morawiecki was sworn in as Poland's new prime minister on Monday and European Council President Donald Tusk called on the new leader to pursue European unity. Poland's ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) is at odds with the EU over immigration, logging in an ancient forest and government attempts to control the courts and the media.

  • Celebrities rally around bullied schoolboy Keaton Jones
    News
    Sky News

    Celebrities rally around bullied schoolboy Keaton Jones

    Celebrities including Chris Evans, Snoop Dogg and Mark Hamill have offered support to a young boy being bullied at school. Keaton Jones' mother recorded a video of him crying after he asked her to pick him up because he was scared to go to lunch, because he is being picked on. Keaton, from Tennessee, said: "Just out of curiosity, why do they bully?

  • News
    Sky News

    Manhunt after three children die in Salford house fire

    Police have begun a murder inquiry after three children died in a suspected arson attack on a house in Salford. Firefighters from three local stations were called to the family home in Jackson Street, Worsley, at 4.58am this morning and a 14-year-old girl - named locally as Demi Pearson - was declared dead at the scene. Nearby Harrop Fold School - where Demi was a pupil - tweeted a statement from executive headteacher Drew Povey.

  • Starwatch: a sparkling year for the Geminids
    News
    The Guardian

    Starwatch: a sparkling year for the Geminids

    The reliable Geminids meteor shower has returned to our sky and, with the Moon as an unobtrusive waning crescent before dawn, we are in for a spectacular display of meteors over the coming week. Active between the 8th and 17th, the shower is expected to peak overnight on the 13th-14th, bringing more than 100 meteors an hour for an observer under perfect skies. Of course, the meteors appear in every part of the sky – it is just their paths that point back to the radiant.

  • News
    Sky News

    The Last Jedi: First reactions to the new Star Wars

    In the UK, critics are getting ready for the first screenings of the new Star Wars film. In Los Angeles, California, the world premiere of The Last Jedi has led to a Twitter storm of positive comments, respecting the review embargo imposed by Disney and not revealing any spoilers. Have a lot to process, but WOW," wrote The Hollywood Reporter's Ryan Parker.

  • Nicola Sturgeon warned of business 'consensus' against planned income tax hike
    News
    The Telegraph

    Nicola Sturgeon warned of business 'consensus' against planned income tax hike

    Nicola Sturgeon warned of business 'consensus' against planned income tax hike

  • News
    Business Insider UK

    UPDATE 2-Oil prices drop on increased U.S. drilling activity (GE)

    Oil prices fell on Monday as last week's rise in the U.S. rig count pointed to a further increase in American production that could undermine OPEC-led efforts to tighten markets. A statement by Kuwait's oil minister that OPEC and other oil producers will study before June next year the possibility of exiting their global oil supply-cut agreement also weighed on prices, traders said.

  • News
    Business Insider UK

    Asian shares advance following encouraging US jobs report

    TOKYO (AP) — Share prices were higher in Asia on Monday, lifted by encouraging employment data from the U.S. that took the Standard & Poor's 500 index to its third straight weekly gain on Friday despite weakness earlier in the week.

  • News
    Business Insider UK

    Steelers lock up AFC North with 39-38 win over Ravens

    The Pittsburgh Steelers won one for injured star Ryan Shazier — and wrapped up the AFC North in the process. Chris Boswell made a 46-yard field goal with 42 seconds left and Pittsburgh's defense overcame a sloppy night to stop one Baltimore's last-gasp drive in the Steelers' 39-38 victory Sunday night. The Steelers (11-2) trailed by 11 points going into the fourth quarter but capped an emotionally trying week following Shazier's spinal injury to rally for their eighth straight victory and third division title in four years.

  • Keith Chegwin dies aged 60 after battling lung condition
    Press Association video

    Keith Chegwin dies aged 60 after battling lung condition

    TV presenter Keith Chegwin has died at the age of 60 following a long illness, his family have said. The star, best known for hosting children's game show Cheggers Plays Pop, died at home after battling a progressive lung condition.

  • Things to do in London this weekend
    News
    Evening Standard

    Things to do in London this weekend

    Christmas is here and there's plenty of seasonal silliness about: the panto horse race offers plenty of laughs and an excruciating number of puns, while in Flat Iron Square, Après London has all the ingredients for getting in a boozy party spirit: there's karaoke, cocktails and live music all through the evenings. My pick of them all, though, is Mariah and Friendz, which has moved from its usual residency in the Bethnal Green Working Men's Club to Winterville for a festive spin on their high-glam cabaret circus.

  • News
    Business Insider UK

    Nikkei flat as real estate, construction stocks weigh (1802, 8306, 8316, 8795, 8801, 8802, 8035, 6857, )

    TOKYO, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks struggled fortraction on Monday as gains in financial shares were offset bydrops in real estate and construction companies, with ObayashiCorp diving more than 8 percent.

  • Exclusive - Philippines defied experts' advice in pursuing dengue immunisation programme
    News
    Reuters

    Exclusive - Philippines defied experts' advice in pursuing dengue immunisation programme

    As she announced in January 2016 that the Philippines would immunize one million children with a new dengue vaccine, the nation's then health secretary Janette Garin boasted it was a world-first and a tribute to her country's "expertise" in research. At the time, it seemed the Philippines could be on the cusp of a breakthrough to combat a potentially lethal tropical virus that had been endemic in large parts of the Southeast Asian nation for decades. Almost two years later, the programme lies in tatters and has been suspended after Sanofi Pasteur, a division of French drug firm Sanofi , said at the end of last month the vaccine itself may in some cases increase the risk of severe dengue in recipients not previously infected by the virus.

  • Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme apologises as photographer ‘kicked’
    News
    PA Entertainment

    Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme apologises as photographer ‘kicked’

    The photographer said she spent the night in hospital.

  • News
    Business Insider UK

    Deaths from window blinds show need for cord ban, study says

    Children's injuries and deaths from window blinds have not stalled despite decades of safety concerns, according to a new U.S. study that recommends a complete ban on blinds with cords. Nearly 17,000 young children were hurt by window blinds between 1990 and 2015, and though most injuries were minor, almost 300 died, the study shows. Most deaths occurred when children became entangled or strangled by the cords.

  • Magpie edges out white ibis and kookaburra as Australian bird of the year
    News
    The Guardian

    Magpie edges out white ibis and kookaburra as Australian bird of the year

    The Australian magpie has been crowned Australian bird of the year for 2017, upsetting the early favourite, the white ibis, and winning 13.3% of the vote. The magpie received 19,926 votes, followed by the Australian white ibis with 19,083 votes and the laughing kookaburra with 10,953 votes. The superb fairywren won BirdLife Australia’s bird of the year poll in 2013.

  • The Emma suspect faces more questioning
    News
    Digital Spy

    The Emma suspect faces more questioning

    Will there be charges?

  • Bernice's future lies in Lydia's hands
    News
    Digital Spy

    Bernice's future lies in Lydia's hands

    Will she go down for fraud?

  • Labour Party looks to move some BoE functions away from London
    News
    Reuters

    Labour Party looks to move some BoE functions away from London

    Launched by the opposition Labour Party's finance policy chief John McDonnell, the report was led by consultants GFC Economics. It also called for locating Labour's National Investment Bank in Birmingham. Investment in manufacturing, information and communications technology and other critical sectors in Britain is lagging 28 billion pounds behind investment in real estate companies, the report added.

By using Yahoo you agree that Yahoo and partners may use Cookies for personalisation and other purposes