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12-year-old boy found cycling on motorway

North West Motorway Police picked up the youngster on the M60 near Eccles, took him to his parents and "strongly advised" him...

A young boy took a wrong turn on the way to the Trafford Centre in Manchester and ended up on the M60.

The child, thought to be aged around 12, was stopped by police on Tuesday afternoon pedalling along near Barton Bridge, at junction 11 of the M60.

Police say the youngster managed to cycle up a slip road and ended up on the anticlockwise motorway carriageway. According to the Manchester Evening News he was taken home and “strongly advised” in front of his parents.

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A Greater Manchester Police spokesperson told the MEN they were called to Barton Bridge after the boy was spotted on the carriageway at 2.45pm.

She said: “The boy was about 12 years old and was on the motorway on his pedal bike at junction 11 of the M60.

“He had joined the M60 and had also been seen on the bridge of the M60 going anticlockwise.

“He was picked up by the police on the motorway. It looks like he was heading towards the Trafford Centre.”

 

 

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Stef Marazzi | 8 years ago
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Reminds me of approx six months ago I saw a young girl (approx 12 or 13) cycling down the dual carriageway through Marksbury on the a39 in BANES. In rush hour traffic. Bear in mind cars do 70mph regularly along there, and it is getting used more and more frequently by cyclists. I was so fearful of her safety I wrote to BANES council and Jacob Rees-Mogg to ask for it to be made safer. They couldn't have been less interested.

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Peowpeowpeowlasers | 8 years ago
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I love how some people here are saying that cycling on the hard shoulder, over Barton Bridge, is no less dangerous than cycling on a dual carriageway.  Have you idiots ever seen Barton Bridge, or experienced the wind shear up there?  Have you seen how traffic races to J10 and the crazy stunts drivers pull?

No?  Then shut up.

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MGA replied to Peowpeowpeowlasers | 8 years ago
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Peowpeowpeowlasers wrote:

I love how some people here are saying that cycling on the hard shoulder, over Barton Bridge, is no less dangerous than cycling on a dual carriageway.  Have you idiots ever seen Barton Bridge, or experienced the wind shear up there?  Have you seen how traffic races to J10 and the crazy stunts drivers pull?

No?  Then shut up.

 

Every time I go over Barton bridge, it would actually be quicker by bike. It would certainly be no less dangerous than riding in the city centre.

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Mungecrundle | 8 years ago
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More dangerous than a dual carriageway or not the rules for motorways prohibit cycles. End of. 

What fuss? They took the boy home. Any fuss is from the press picking up the story and what some people want to make of it.

Police tweet about a lot of incidents, nothing unusual or inappropriate there.

Shamed and ridiculed or given some sensible and reasonable advice by an authority figure?

FFS some people need to get over themselves.

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Stumps replied to Mungecrundle | 8 years ago
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Mungecrundle wrote:

More dangerous than a dual carriageway or not the rules for motorways prohibit cycles. End of.

What fuss? They took the boy home. Any fuss is from the press picking up the story and what some people want to make of it.

Police tweet about a lot of incidents, nothing unusual or inappropriate there.

Shamed and ridiculed or given some sensible and reasonable advice by an authority figure?

FFS some people need to get over themselves.

 

Very well said laugh

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swldxer | 8 years ago
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Is a 12 year old a teenager?

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FluffyKittenofT... | 8 years ago
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They should have gone to the council and "strongly advised" them to provide safer and more clearly marked cycle routes.

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levermonkey | 8 years ago
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Surprised they didn't Taser him. angel

Could someone please explain to me how he is in more danger riding on the hard shoulder of a motorway as opposed to riding on a dual-carriageway.

Could someone please explain to me why Greater Manchester Police chose to make a great song & dance about it.

Could someone please explain to me why they needed to 'tweet' about it.

Could someone please explain to me why they thought it a good idea to shame and ridicule a 12 year old.

Could someone please explain to me why the 12 year old must be "strongly advised in front of parents".

For fucks sake! He's not a hardened fucking criminal! He's a fucking child that made a mistake! What is wrong with the modern Police Force?

Stop him, take him to a place of safety and/or his destination, advise him for future reference and let him go on his way. "Protect and Serve".

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brooksby replied to levermonkey | 8 years ago
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levermonkey wrote:

Could someone please explain to me why they needed to 'tweet' about it.

Thats an easy one- police forces now tweet on social media to remind people that they exist, given you're more likely to see a triceratops than a policeman on the average high street. Not blaming *them* for it, just saying.

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Bentrider replied to brooksby | 8 years ago
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brooksby wrote:

...you're more likely to see a triceratops than a policeman on the average high street.

 

Triceratops are certainly commoner than you might think.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-35579159

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