Police seen stopping cyclists in Richmond Park amid lockdown

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Police seen stopping cyclists in Richmond Park amid lockdown

Postby Community Editor » Fri Apr 03, 2020 9:12 am

Metropolitan Police officers have been spotted stopping cyclists in Richmond Park after a ban was imposed on their entry during the coronavirus lockdown.

As the RTT reported on Saturday, Royal Parks, who manage Richmond Park, announced they were banning all cyclists from entry into the park with the exception of NHS workers.

The move was made to help enforce the government's strict lockdown measures designed to slow the spread of Covid-19 coronavirus.

A day later on Sunday (March 29) an image seen by the RTT surfaced that showed the Met Police stopping cyclists in the park.

There was speculation on social media that fines had been issued during the encounter.

Previously announcing the de-facto cycling ban in the park, a Royal Parks spokesperson said:

“It is necessary to suspend all cycling in Richmond Park to protect public safety and ultimately help keep this vital green space open for everyone.

"Cycling is still permitted in the other Royal Parks, where there is no current evidence of congestion.

“We’re continuously monitoring the situation and intervening where appropriate, with the support of the police, to reduce congestion in all areas across all our parks."

Photo credit: David Cooper
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