Sting in the tale

First published in Hear All Sides

READERS afflicted by pavement cyclists may be interested in a device my brothers and I made a few years ago for a TV programme.

It consisted of a steel plate studded with spikes and hinged at one end which could be attached to a walking stick and folded up.

On the approach of an errant cyclist on the footpath, a flick of a finger could deploy this mini stinger into the cyclist’s path.

The resultant punctures to a bike tyre immediately transformed the rider to a pedestrian.

P W Anderson, Consett, County Durham.

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10:58pm Sat 29 May 10

melwilson says...

how nice of the Echo to publish a letter that incites violence - very poor indeed
how nice of the Echo to publish a letter that incites violence - very poor indeed melwilson
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9:54am Sun 30 May 10

BMD says...

Effective but not community spirited.
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It would be less stressful if pedestrians stayed on the pavements and cyclists stayed on there cycle paths.
Effective but not community spirited. . It would be less stressful if pedestrians stayed on the pavements and cyclists stayed on there cycle paths. BMD
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10:24am Sun 30 May 10

miketually says...

I'm shocked the Echo have published this. Do they not remember the outcry, and complaints, when Matthew Parris suggested similar measures in his column?

Would the publish a letter suggesting cyclists carried water pistols full of paint stripper, for use on cars that passed too closely?
I'm shocked the Echo have published this. Do they not remember the outcry, and complaints, when Matthew Parris suggested similar measures in his column? Would the publish a letter suggesting cyclists carried water pistols full of paint stripper, for use on cars that passed too closely? miketually
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8:38pm Sun 30 May 10

Tricky2009 says...

Interesting idea, but I suspect this will fall into the Criminal Damage Act 1971
"A person who without lawful excuse destroys or damages any property belonging to another intending to destroy or damage any such property or being reckless as to whether any such property would be destroyed or damaged shall be guilty of an offence."
Interesting idea, but I suspect this will fall into the Criminal Damage Act 1971 "A person who without lawful excuse destroys or damages any property belonging to another intending to destroy or damage any such property or being reckless as to whether any such property would be destroyed or damaged shall be guilty of an offence." Tricky2009
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