Bobbies on bicycles are banned - just in case they fall off
Except, as usual, they're not.
But police chiefs say they fear the officers do not have enough training to handle road conditions across Greater Manchester.
And the key element:: the last line of the article:
A GMP spokesman said: "The safety of officers and staff is our first priority. Officers should ride a police cycle only if they have passed a competence test."
Also in the article:
The edict follows the death of a 21-year-old cycling PCSO who was hit by a lorry earlier this month.
Does anyone get the sense that some readers somewhere gave a little cheer when reading that.
The Manchester force was already facing public fury over claims that two of its PCSO failed to save 10-yearold Jordon Lyon from drowning in a pond in Wigan.
They're absolutely determined to shoehorn that lie in at every story aren't they.
"Public fury". I assume "public" means "people who can't be bothered to read a credible source"
Edit to add:
From http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jh ... ban124.xml
Police said officers with more than a year's experience could still use mountain bikes, but they would be given additional safety advice.
So.. not banned then, duh.
David Davies, a special constable and Tory MP for Monmouth, called the move "daft". He added: "Police cars across the country are involved in accidents all the time – it is sad but a dangerous job.
"That doesn't mean that every single police car should be put away in a garage after one tragic road accident."
Yes that's directly comparable.
Car accident = dent, maybe a few injuries, maybe a trapped leg, death is unlikely.
Bike accident = much more likely to be a serious injury or death since there's no frame protection around you.
And it's not "every single" police bike, it's the ones in Manchester.
From an MP no less, you'd expect him to be able to read!