Sunday 8 May 2011

Cambridge cops cyclists crackdown

Can you name any town or city in Britain where the police have set up a special squad dedicated to cracking down on reckless, lawless drivers?

Nah, thought not.


A dramatic increase in the number of anti-social cyclists being stopped in Cambridge is revealed in a police report.

The number of misbehaving cyclists caught by officers has soared by 32.4 per cent in the past year, councillors have been told.

The police report for Cambridge City Council’s west/central area committee said 2,025 incidents of anti-social cycling took place between December 2010 and March 2011, compared with 1,529 incidents during the same period the previous year.

Cyclists were caught by officers for riding anti-socially – for example, along the pavement or the wrong way along a one-way street or cycling without lights.

Police have created a new city centre squad to tackle the problems and have warned if cyclists persist in dangerous cycling they will be dealt with robustly.