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Police probe ‘senseless pins attack’ on cyclist

Incident comes amid ongoing protests against the Town Hall’s controversial ‘People Friendly Streets’ scheme

14 August, 2020 — By Calum Fraser

CYCLISTS say they are facing increasing hostility as protests over road closures continue – and claim pins and tacks have been left across some well-used routes.

Police have confirmed they are assessing a report of criminal damage made this week after a cyclist said his burst tyre was caused by pins deliberately left on a cycle route in Canonbury.

Weekly protests have been taking place outside Islington Council’s offices over its “People Friendly Streets” policy of reducing traffic in favour of walking and cycling routes.

Critics of the scheme say it is causing traffic jams but organisers of the protests say they do not condone “extreme” action.

There is no suggestion that they are responsible for pins and tacks allegedly left on roads.

Eilidh Murray, a spokeswoman for Cycle Islington, said: “This is a senseless attack on people who choose to cycle as part of their daily routine, and particularly dangerous as a burst tyre can have serious consequences and cause accidents for the rider, whether old or young, experienced or novice. It is sad that people behave like this.”

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