Top Tayside cop warns cyclists who ride on pavements that they could end up in court

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A top police officer is warning cyclists who flout the law by riding on footpaths that they may end up in court.

Chief Inspector Ian Scott, area commander for Perth and Kinross, said he has received a “number of complaints” from residents about incidents involving cyclists posing a risk to pedestrians.

Mr Scott alluded to the recent court case at the Old Bailey concerning Charlie Alliston, 20, who was found guilty of causing bodily harm by “wanton or furious driving” when he knocked over and killed 44-year-old mother-of-two Kim Briggs in London last year.

He said: “I have recently received complaints regarding cyclists using footways or footpaths in Perth city centre and also in Burghmuir Road and Jeanfield Road.

“Generally, anyone cycling on a footpath is committing an offence. By cycling on footpaths there is a greatly increased risk of being involved in a collision with a pedestrian and ending up in court charged with an offence.”