Sunday Sport - - NEWS - simon@ sun­daysport. co. uk By SIMON DEAN

CY­CLISTS have been warned to be on their guard – af­ter Bri­tain’s most no­to­ri­ous BIKE- SEAT SNIF­FER walked free from a court.

Le­gal com­men­ta­tors had ex­pected Clin­ton Den­ni­son to be jailed af­ter he was caught snurg­ing seats at a mu­nic­i­pal bike shed in Bal­ham, south Lon­don – for the 57th time!

But not only was he found not guilty, his lawyer suc­cess­fully ar­gued that sniff­ing bike seats is NOT an of­fence if the bike’s owner does not wit­ness the act.

In a land­mark rul­ing, city mag­is­trates agreed with Den­ni­son’s so­lic­i­tor Ar­mitage Phelps that a sex­ual mo­tive had not been proved – and if the cy­cle’s owner was not present to see the sniff­ing, a pub­lic or­der of­fence could not be proved. As Den­ni­son’s snurg­ing had only been seen by a CCTV op­er­a­tive, mag­is­trates ruled there was no case to an­swer and or­dered the 31- year- old bach­e­lor to be freed.

The case could make sad­dlesniff­ing al­most im­pos­si­ble to pros­e­cute out­side cer­tain strict cir­cum­stances.


Un­em­ployed former water treat­ment op­er­a­tive Den­ni­son said noth­ing out­side court, sim­ply scut­tling away mak­ing a high- pitched wail­ing sound.

But he has vowed in pre­vi­ous news­pa­per in­ter­views: “If I see a bike seat, I will sniff it. The law will come around to my way of think­ing, even­tu­ally.”

Jo Pren­der­gast, of fem­i­nist bike club Men­strual Cy­cle, blasted: “Again, the Es­tab­lish­ment has side- stepped the very real is­sue that bi­cy­cle- seat sniff­ing leads to all man­ner of an­ti­woman crimes.

“One day it’s sniff­ing a bike seat, the next it’s glanc­ing at bot­toms or say­ing ‘ hello’ to women in the street.”

Even en­e­mies of cy­clists have re­acted with fury at Den­ni­son’s vile an­tics.

Bren­dan O’Caf­feridge of the Tax­pay­ing Road Users’ Fo­rum said: “Any­one who uses Bri­tain’s roads hates cy­clists.

“But not even th­ese ly­crawear­ing nin­com­poops de­serve hav­ing their seat­ing ar­eas in­suf­flated like this.”


has vowed to keep on sniff­ing

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