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Cyclist on motorised bike with fuel tank attached “with string” warned by police

Rider was stopped by PCSO at Aylestone Meadows Nature Reserve in Leicester

A person riding a bicycle which had been fitted with a petrol engine with its fuel tank attached to the crossbar “with string” has been issued with a warning by police in Leicester.

The cyclist was stopped on Wednesday by a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) at the Aylestone Meadows nature reserve in the East Midlands city, reports Leicestershire Live.

The rider of a scooter that had likewise been fitted with a petrol engine as well as additional suspension and who was accompanying the cyclist was also stopped by the officer.

According to Leicestershire Live, police were patrolling the nature reserve following complaints by local residents about people using such vehicles there.

While the PCSO did not seize the bike or scooter on Wednesday, the riders were reportedly given “some words of advice.”

They were also issued with warning under section 59 of the Police Reform Act 2002, which relates to motor vehicles being driven in a manner that “is causing, or is likely to cause, alarm, distress or annoyance to members of the public.

It’s the second time this year that a cyclist riding a bike that has been retrofitted with a petrol engine has been stopped at Aylsetone Meadows, says Leicestershire Live.

In the previous incident, the bicycle, which had a two-stroke engine, was seized after it was deemed to be “unsafe,” with a PCSO also issuing a section 59 warning against its owner.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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