Po­lice hunt for dan­ger­ous cy­clist

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OBAN po­lice are search­ing for a ‘dan­ger­ous cy­clist’ who ab­sconded from of­fi­cers on Sun­day evening af­ter be­hav­ing in a man­ner likely to cause harm to peo­ple on Stafford Street and Ge­orge Street, writes Sandy Neil.

The man was seen cy­cling the wrong way along a one-way street into on­com­ing traf­fic be­fore fright­en­ing pedes­tri­ans and clip­ping cars as he made his es­cape.

Po­lice de­scribe the man as hav­ing blond wavy hair and wear­ing a pur­ple hoodie top. He is de­scribed as around 18 years old, and was rid­ing a black-framed BMX-type bi­cy­cle. Two po­lice of­fi­cers wit­nessed the man’s be­hav­iour.

CCTV footage in re­la­tion to the in­ci­dent was ob­scured by flags hung across Ge­orge Street.

Con­cerns about dan­ger­ous cy­cling in the town were also raised at Oban Com­mu­nity Coun­cil on Mon­day evening.

Sym­pa­thies lay with young peo­ple who wanted to be out and about on their bi­cy­cles, but the ex­treme be­hav­iour dis­played by some young­sters is spoil­ing it for ev­ery­one else, the com­mu­nity coun­cil was told.

Af­ter the meet­ing, com­mu­nity coun­cil chair­woman Marri Mal­loy told The Oban Times: ‘It is good the po­lice are do­ing all they can to make the town safe.

‘We have been say­ing for some time that it is not chil­dren who have been caus­ing con­cern at Stafford Street – in­stead it is older young peo­ple and adults.

‘This is borne out by this po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

‘The com­mu­nity coun­cil’s fear is that some­one will be in­jured be­cause of the speed of bikes as they fly through the town or that some­one will slip on the wax that is be­ing melted to make skate­boards and bikes go faster on the pedes­tri­anised area.

‘Stafford Street was built for the whole town and we all want to re­spect that.

‘The com­mu­nity coun­cil is keen to work with the cy­clists, Argyll and Bute coun­cil­lors, staff from BID4Oban and the po­lice to find a so­lu­tion in find­ing out what young peo­ple want.’

In re­sponse to re­ports of adults cy­cling on pave­ments and caus­ing in­jury to pedes­tri­ans, Mrs Mal­loy con­tin­ued: ‘Adults should know bet­ter. There is no need for them to cy­cle on pave­ments.’

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