Biker badly injured in South Runcton crash supports new campaign

Graham Butcher is supporting the awareness campaign
Graham Butcher is supporting the awareness campaign

A former police officer whose career was cut short due to a horrific bike crash is supporting an awareness campaign.

Graham Butcher, 33, had been travelling to work in Lynn when he went into the side of a teleporter which had pulled out in front of him on the A10 at South Runcton.

Sadly his 14-year career in the force, which started as a teenager and included stints at a road policing unit, came to an end due to the injuries sustained in the 2012 crash.

Now Mr Butcher, who has retrained for a new career, is hoping to prevent other crashes by spearheading the #canyouseemenow campaign.

He features in this amazing photograph which aims to remind drivers to be vigilant and look properly.

Mr Butcher, of Beachamwell, said: “The driver in my case said he glanced but had not seen anything coming. It is the difference between looking and not seeing.

“This campaign allows me to share my story and the impact that can happen from such a small thing as a glance.” Father-of-three Mr Butcher joined the police force as a 19-year-old, which included time in West Yorkshire, western Australia and Norfolk.

But his life was changed on March 28, 2012.

Mr Butcher, who had been riding since he was 12, was travelling along the A10 on his green Kawasaki in bright blue clothing with his headlights on. A green teleporter moved out across the road.

Mr Butcher was airlifted to Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

His injuries included a complex fractures to his left foot and ankle, as well as knee damage that required surgical reconstruction of the ligament. His left shoulder was also fractured in addition to bruising to the lungs.

Mr Butcher said: “I had spent a few years in road policing and dealt with many incidents but having seen the impact from the other side, I am hoping to raise awareness with other people.”

Mr Butcher is unable to run due to his leg injuries and the annual fitness test for police officers brought his career to an untimely end.

He said: “I had always wanted to be in the police force. They were really good and tried to look after me the best they could.

“I had just finished my sergeant’s qualifications. It was not just a matter of a job but a whole career which was cut short.”

Mr Butcher, who no longer rides, is now working at Center Parcs.

He was approached by Minster Law to support the campaign and spent six hours on a bike and undergoing studio-based painting by artist Melanie Hancock.

Mr Butcher said: “I had been riding to a high level and it shows this can happen to anyone. I think the quality of the picture is amazing.

“From a motorcyclists point of view, I hope to raise awareness to ensure they can be seen properly.”