Motorcyclist sues Met Police over Balmoral crash

A MOTORCYCLIST is suing the Metropolitan Police after being knocked off his bike by a police minibus driver, believed to have been involved in Royal protection duties at Balmoral Castle.

David Hardie, from Aberdeen, has lodged a claim for £15,000 damages at the Court of Session in Edinburgh against Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan force, after sustaining head, neck and shoulder injuries in August, 2011, when his Triumph motorcycle was involved in a collision with a minibus eight miles from the Queen’s holiday home on Royal Deeside.

His solicitors claim Mr Hardie was left “traumatised” by the accident, close to the Hilton Craigendarroch Hotel at Ballater.

A spokesman for Digby Brown LLP, the legal firm representing Mr Hardie said: “The claim alleges that the mini bus driver crossed on to the wrong side of the road and struck him head on. The driver was a person employed by the Metropolitan Police and we are suing the Commissioner as technically he was the employer of the person who was driving the mini bus.”

He continued: “Mr Hardie suffered fairly serious injuries. He had a head injury, which he has since recovered from, and quite bad neck and shoulder injuries as well as soft tissue damage to his leg and right hand.


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“He suffered for the following three months, and also had some psychological issues which have seriously affected him since the accident.”

The spokesman added: “The fact is it was a head-on collision between a motorcycle and a minibus. The outcome of that could have been very different – to only get scarring and soft tissue damage, Mr Hardie was a very lucky man.”

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: “The Metropolitan Police Service has received a claim in relation to a road traffic collision in Scotland in 2011. The case remains ongoing so it would be inappropriate for us to discuss it further.”

A date for the Court of Session hearing has still to be set.