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Police make U-turn on fuel price protest route

Protesters denied city ride at Cardiff demonstration

A MASS of motorcycle riders taking part in a fuel protest ride along a section of the M4 motorway claims that police stopped them using an agreed route when it came to the ride itself.

Around 80 riders met-up at Pont Abraham near Swansea. The leader of the ride out says that they had agreed with police for 20 bikers out of the group to travel into Cardiff city centre but were stopped from going into the city centre by officers.

South Wales Police said they were stopped after failing to tell officers which riders were going into the city. A spokeswoman for the ride-out known as Hamster (not the dwarf from Top Gear - Ed), from the Welsh Bikers group told BBC Wales: "We had informed the police of what we were doing and on the day agreed with an officer from South Wales Police that around 15 to 20 riders out of the protest would be allowed to ride into the city centre, go past the castle and come back out.

“I even shook hands with the officer to make that deal before we set off.

"It was very disappointing and to be honest people who took part in the protest have completely lost faith in the police. We thought if we were open with the police and told them what we were planning to do they would be fair to us. But they weren't."

A spokesman for South Wales police said: "South Wales Police agreed for a number of riders to go into Cardiff city centre in order to facilitate their peaceful protest on the condition they informed us of the nominated riders in advance.

"This they failed to do.”

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