Top journalist sues Met

Posted: 19th March 2014

Police carAn award-winning journalist who was catastrophically injured when he was knocked from his bicycle by a London police car is suing the country's biggest force for millions of pounds damages. Donald MacLeod, 63, was The Guardian’s education editor before the life-changing accident ended his career in May 2010.

The Oxford graduate’s head injuries were so severe that he lacks capacity to manage his own affairs and his wife is acting as his litigation friend in his High Court claim against the Metropolitan Police. His lawyers say that a squad car was rushing to the scene of a shooting when it clipped Mr MacLeod’s handlebars.

The force denies liability and the circumstances of the accident are hotly in dispute. Mr MacLeod’s wife testified that he was an extremely safety conscious cyclist. The hearing of liability issues in the case is expected to last a week.