New footage shows Kate and William’s police escort speeding ahead of convoy moments before grandmother, 83, was seriously injured in collision
- The footage from above a London street shows bike driving ahead of the convoy
- The cameraman believes the bike was exceeding the local 30mph limit
- Widowed charity worker Irene Mayor, 83, remains in hospital after breaking three limbs and her pelvis in a smash with one of the outriders on Monday
- Her sister called for police riders to slow down saying Irene could have died
New footage shows one of William and Kate’s police motorbike outriders driving fast through a junction just moments before a biker in the convoy crashed into an elderly grandmother leaving her with horrific injuries.
Irene Mayor, 83, is still in hospital after suffering a broken pelvis, two broken arms, a broken leg and a dangerous head injury when one of the royal family’s armed motorbike police escorts crashed into her.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct has opened an investigation after widowed charity worker Irene was sent spinning to the ground by an officer escorting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who clipped her with his wing mirror while reportedly driving on the wrong side of the road.
Pictured: Irene Mayor, 83, who was sent spinning to the ground and is still in hospital after being hit by a royal motorcycle police outrider
The footage shows a white bike of the Special Escort Group (SEG) driving significantly ahead of the rest of the convoy, made up of another white bike, the royals’ black Audi and a black Range Rover carrying additional protection officers.
A man in a sixth floor flat who filmed the footage said he believes the biker was exceeding the 30 mph speed limit as the convoy sped past below.
The footage shows the convoy crossing a T-junction on Wandsworth High Street with Merton Road at 12.36pm as it travels west towards Upper Richmond Road where the accident would then happen at 12.50 pm.
The man who filmed the convoy on the A3 said : ‘I heard a lot of police whistles below and I looked down to see what was happening. I think there is an issue there as sirens would be better.
‘I know the speed limit there is 30mph and it seemed to me that the lead outrider was going faster than that.’
Armed police from the SEG accompany senior members of the royal family on official trips in order to block junctions and control traffic so the convoy can make ‘steady progress’, former royal protection officer Simon Morgan told MailOnline.
The Queen, and the families of of children, grandchildren and cousins all qualify for the additional layer of protection – over and above the close protection officers who guard the royals 24 hours a day.
Six doctors and paramedics gathered around Mrs Mayor to treat her injuries before she was taken to hospital after the crash
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pictured travelling in in a Range Rover escorted by police motorcycle outriders and royalty protection officers
Pictured: William and Kate at Windsor Castle on Monday after their convoy hit an 83-year-old grandmother, leaving her seriously injured
Yesterday Mrs Mayor’s brother said he had retained lawyers to ‘look after’ his injured sibling, while her sister blasted police outriders for driving too fast and told of her fears for her sister’s health.
Wiping tears from her eyes, Joyce Shore, 86, said: ‘Irene may not get through this. She is just an ordinary lady who minds her own business and then this happens… The police outriders have to slow down.
‘My sister is lying in a hospital bed and she could have been killed. She could so easily have been killed.’
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have said they are ‘deeply concerned and saddened’ and have sent flowers. They are understood to be waiting for an opportunity to visit Mrs Mayor in hospital.
Royal protection policies that the Special Escort Group police rider will have been following when the accident took place will be reviewed. The accident will be investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.