A spoke in the wheel for Boris

Met says cy­cling makes MP a tar­get

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Amita Joshi amita.joshi@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

BORIS John­son has been told he is no longer al­lowed to ride a bi­cy­cle around London over fears he will be an “easy tar­get” for ter­ror­ists.

The Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip MP has been warned that his se­cu­rity must be tight­ened as For­eign Sec­re­tary and rid­ing a bi­cy­cle could put him in dan­ger.

The for­mer Mayor, who cham­pi­oned the use of cy­cles to ease con­ges­tion in London, can no longer use the method of trans­port, de­spite in­tro­duc­ing the Boris Bike scheme to the cap­i­tal.

Although reg­u­larly seen in the past cy­cling from his pre­vi­ous home in Is­ling­ton to City Hall, it may now be a thing of the past whilst he re­mains in Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May’s cab­i­net.

Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice of­fi­cers have warned the Min­is­ter it is too high a risk to take in his high pow­ered role.

T h e crack­down from se­nior of­fices for the se­nior Tory has come as the threat level for London in­creased last week, with armed po­lice be­ing asked to travel be­tween jobs on the tube for the first time since the 7/7 bomb­ings.

Mea­sures were in­tro­duced soon af­ter po­lice chased and ar­rested a man in Hol­loway Road who en­gaged in what they be­lieve to be a “bomb plot”.

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