Lucky escape cop says ‘use your head’

NILALM110623C2 - pc Andy Mcallister came off his bike recently but was wearing a helmet
NILALM110623C2 - pc Andy Mcallister came off his bike recently but was wearing a helmet
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AN ILKESTON policeman has said he may owe his life to his bike helmet after a nasty fall left it shattered.

Pc Andy Macalister was cycling an 11-mile road circuit near Belper on June 7 when he collided with a car.

He said: “From looking at where and how hard I must have hit the ground, I could have been looking at a very serious injury or even death.”

The keen rider said he had only started wearing his helmet following a colleague’s much more serious accident early this year.

Pc Chris Riches, also based at Ilkeston, came off his bike but was not wearing his helmet and suffered life-threatening head injuries.

He had to have emergency treatment at Queen’s Medical Centre’s neuro unit and was off work for six months.

Pc Macalister said: “My advice to anyone riding a bike is wear one because I don’t think I’d be here talking to you if I hadn’t.”

He remembers nothing about the accident but does recall he recognised the paramedic.

“It was lucky she knew me as apparently I didn’t know what year it was,” he said.

Both he and Pc Riches are now back to work but neither are back to full duties yet – and both say they are not put off cycling.