Pavement-pounders get the push in Sierra Leone
Freetown, Sierra Leone - Street jogging with your chums is a sport enjoyed by millions around the world - but not by police in Sierra Leone, who have just outlawed the practice.
To the dismay of fun-runners, police in the west African state have banned group jogging in the street on the grounds that it encourages disruptive behaviour.
"Police headquarters has observed with dismay that people are in the habit of jogging in large numbers along the streets with a hint of menace, raining insults, obstructing traffic, pounding on vehicles, playing loud music, and snatching property from other members of the public," the police announced.
Their letter, dated July 27, said an "immediate ban on such activities" was being enforced "in line with the constitutional consideration for public order and safety".
The announcement caused a groan among some in the capital of Freetown.
TV celebrity Amadu Lamarana Bah said, “Armed robbery and gang violence in communities should be your concern not those harmless youths who exercise on weekends."
The police letter said "individuals desiring to jog for health reason" were "at liberty to do so, but at recreational facilities or at the beach."
But, it added, "any group of persons now found jogging in the streets without authorisation will be dealt with according to law. You have been warned."