There was a good atmosphere on the ride. Even the car drivers seemed to be enjoying themselves by waving to the cyclists and putting thumbs up. Finally the police decided to ruin the fun. Around 8.00 p.m. after riding for about an hour and a half, plain clothes police appeared and proceeded to arrest 3 cyclists for ‘wilfully obstructing the highway on a non-motorised vehicle’. No warning was given. The 3 riders were held for about 5 hours while some of the riders waited outside for their release. 1 accepted a caution and 2 are due in Southend magistrates court on 25th May at 10.00 a.m.
Come and show some solidarity by coming to the court, and by helping make the next Mass bigger, meet outside WHSmith (town centre) on Friday 9th June at 6 p.m.