Alex Massie

Way of the World: Off yer bike edition...

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Yes, it's from the doom-peddlers at The Daily Mail, but still...

A police force has banned hundreds of its officers from riding bicycles for safety reasons.

Greater Manchester Police has stopped 300 fully-fledged officers and PCSOs from patrolling on their mountain bikes.

The patrols are popular with the public because they allow officers to chase criminals down narrow lanes and through parks and because they act as a visible deterrent.

But police chiefs say they fear the officers do not have enough training to handle road conditions across Greater Manchester.

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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