Watch: Cyclists pulled over by police after riding two abreast and 'causing people to drive carelessly'

Riders have their names taken and get a ticking off before being allowed on their way

Two cyclists in Essex had their Saturday ride interrupted when they were pulled over by police after riding two abreast.

Paul Clayton and Peter Carini were riding out of South Woodham Ferrers on the A452 when they were pulled over by a police motorcyclist after riding two abreast.

The video shows the officer, followed by an unmarked police car, telling the cyclists that they "should be riding in single file" as they were "causing an obstruction" and "causing people to drive carelessly".

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According to the Highway Code, cyclist should "never ride more than two abreast, and ride in single file on narrow or busy roads and when riding round bends".

After flicking through the Highway Code for a while and taking the cyclists names, the policeman tells the cyclists that they were causing a "big queue of traffic" to build up behind them, something which Mr Clayton disputes.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.