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Rugby tackling cops charge cyclist with dangerous cycling, failing to stop, and obstructing police

Updated: Aug 13, 2023


Image credit: GMP Traffic

A cyclist in Greater Manchester has been charged with dangerous cycling, failing to stop, and obstructing police after he refused to stop for officers who saw him riding past multiple red lights in the city.


The Greater Manchester Police (GMP) Traffic division reported the incident, stating that their officers initially attempted to stop the cyclist after observing him disregarding traffic signals. However, instead of complying with their commands, the cyclist erroneously believed that he would be immune to police intervention since the officers were not wearing a helmet.

After three failed attempts to stop the cyclist, the GMP Traffic division ‘introduced him to rugby as a new sport’.


Following the incident, the cyclist has been formally charged with dangerous cycling, failing to stop, and obstructing police. These charges are seen to reflect the potential hazards he posed to the public at the time.

A GMP Traffic spokesperson said: “GMP Traffic saw a cyclist riding past red lights in the city. Refusing to stop he believed we had no powers if he had no helmet on. After 3 failed Police stops, we introduced him to Rugby as a new sport.

“Charged: Dangerous Cycling, Fail to stop. Obstruct Police.”


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