Shopkeeper claims police refuse to take footage after road rage attack

Shopkeeper, 26, who says she was grabbed by the neck and thrown to the ground by a road rage thug, claims police are refusing to accept dashcam footage of the attack

  • Meghann Patten says she was thrown to the ground by a male Audi TT driver 
  • She claims officers would not take footage until a witness statement was taken
  • But Meghann says Greater Manchester Police are still yet to visit her days later
  • A Greater Manchester Police spokesperson told MailOnline ‘arrangements are being made’ for further contact to ensure evidence is passed to the authorities 

A shopkeeper claims she was thrown to the ground by a road rage thug and has tried to hand dashcam footage in to police – but they are ‘refusing’ to take it.   

Meghann Patten, 26, says she was grabbed by the neck of her jumper when she confronted a man who cut up her mother Allyson, 53, twice while driving her home in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester. 

The shopkeeper, from Bury, claims she was thrown into the violent exchange on September 22 when the silver Audi TT driver dangerously overtook Allyson, who responded by flashing the lights of her Ford KA.

The pair say the male driver left his car to shout at the women before purposely doing a U-turn to get behind them – and then cut them up a second time before banging on the drivers’ side window.

Meghann says she then left the vehicle and was left with cuts and bruises after being grabbed by the collar of her top and thrown to the ground by the Audi driver. 

She claims that despite trying to hand the dashcam footage to officers at Bury Police on two separate occasions – immediately after the incident and again on September 24 – she was told desk staff could not take the video until officers visited her at home to formally take a statement.

Meghann Patten, 26, revealed how she was grabbed by the neck of her jumper when she confronted a man who cut up her mother Allyson, 53, twice while driving her home in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester

Pictured: Allyson Patten, 53, and Meghann Patten, 26, in front of Allyson’s car

Meghann claims the officers are still yet to visit her, saying: ‘On two separate occasions I went into Bury police station with the video and tried to give it to them.

‘They kept saying they would send an officer round and said they couldn’t take any evidence from me until an officer was assigned to the case.

‘But no one has been round, and no one has even called us.

‘The second time, I showed the lady behind the reception desk the footage and she agreed someone needed to see it, but said there was nothing she could do but pass on the information.

‘I think it’s disgusting, what if it was someone more vulnerable? It shouldn’t have to happen to anybody for them to take it seriously.

‘I understand there’s a lot of crime to deal with, but I was trying to give them the physical evidence.

‘After the second time, I put a complaint in at Bury Police station and someone was meant to ring me later that day, but they never did.’


Meghann says she left the vehicle and was left with cuts and bruises after the attack, but claims that despite trying to hand the dashcam footage to officers at Bury Police station on two separate occasions she was told desk staff could not take the video until officers visited her at home to formally take a statement

A Greater Manchester Police spokesperson told MailOnline ‘arrangements are being made’ for further contact to ensure evidence is passed to the authorities.  

Meghann said she has been left with anxiety after the attack, which forced her to take a week off work.

She claims she officially reported the incident to police shortly after it happened by visiting Bury police station, and has begun writing out a witness statement but is still yet to receive any contact from Greater Manchester Police.

In the footage, filmed from the dashboard of Allyson’s car, Meghann’s arms can be seen flailing as she attempts to defend herself at the junction of the residential 30mph road, before she kicks the man’s car as he drives off.

Describing the incident, she said: ‘We were coming up to a set of lights and he sped past my mum and cut in front of her so she quickly flashed him with her lights.

‘She didn’t do it for long or beep the horn, but he clearly didn’t like it.

‘He slowed down and slammed on his brakes, forcing my mum to do an emergency stop.

‘People have claimed it looks like I had my fists clenched in the video but I was holding my phone, I wouldn’t have raised my firsts to him – I just wanted to protect my mum,’ said Meghann

Meghann and Allyson are now calling for the man to be banned from driving following the incident

‘He got out the car and came over to my mum’s window and gave her a load of verbal – we told him to leave us alone and off he went.

‘We carried on and he made a right so we thought that was the end of it but he’d actually done a U-turn and was following behind us.

‘He cut in front of us again and then got out and started banging on my mum’s window.

‘I came out of the car to get him away from my mum and before I even got past the front of the v he grabbed me and dragged me, before basically throwing me across the road.

‘I literally felt myself being flung and my face came close to hitting a wall.

‘People have claimed it looks like I had my fists clenched in the video but I was holding my phone, I wouldn’t have raised my firsts to him – I just wanted to protect my mum.

Meghann and Allyson say the male driver left his car to shout at the women before purposely doing a U-turn to get behind them – and then cut them up a second time before banging on the drivers’ side window

‘I was just so shocked – I feel angry that he could do this to someone and get away with it.

‘It’s so worrying knowing he’s still out there.’

Meghann and Allyson are now calling for the man to be banned from driving following the incident.

Allyson, who was so shocked during the incident she suffered an asthma attack, added: ‘I watched my daughter get flung – it was awful to see.

‘The worst thing about it has been the way the police have dealt with it.

‘Meghann has been trying really hard to get them to listen but they’re just not interested.’

A GMP spokesperson said: ‘Police received a report of assault at 4.34pm on Sunday 22 September 2019 and the informant was informed of how the matter was being progressed at 5.33pm the same day. 

‘Arrangements are being made for an officer to make further contact with the complainant and ensure that any evidence that may assist our investigation is passed to police. 

‘When reports are made to police we make an assessment on how best to respond based on the threat, risk and harm posed to the public. 

‘The report is then assessed and depending on its severity. Officers could be deployed immediately, later the same day or the call may be able to be resolved over the phone without having to send someone out. 

‘Inevitably, we have to make difficult decisions when prioritising calls to provide the right service to those who need it most. 

‘We’d like to reassure the complainant that enquiries are ongoing in relation to this crime.’ 

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