07/28/2012

Cyclists arrested for breaking Olympic cordon

Several members of an amateur cycling club tried to pedal their way through security during the opening ceremony

Associated Press

LONDON  — London police say they have arrested several members of an amateur cycling club who tried to pedal their way through the security cordon around the Olympic Park during the opening ceremony.

Scotland Yard says officers scuffled with several pro-cycling activists Friday as dozens of cyclists were blocked by police vans from proceeding. No serious injuries were reported.

The cyclists were identified as members of a monthly cycling event that normally passes through the area, but a police order had prohibited it from traveling into the Olympic Park in east London during Friday night's opening ceremony.

Police said they would give the precise number of arrests later.

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