Video: Don't mess with the Olympic torch relay
It enjoyed a peaceful passage through Dublin but this video shows you shouldn’t even try to get near the Olympic torch. Or else.
The Olympic torch seems to have been on the road longer than Bob Dylan. It feels like ages since it made a short visit here and it is still on the road, as it will be until the whole shebang kicks off on July 27.
As you may have noticed if you saw it in Dublin, the torch is surrounded by a large security team, a bunch of lads and lassies that are not to be messed with. Anyone who comes near the torch is dealt with first, has questions asked later.
Yesterday we saw a perfect example of that as a youngster on his BMX got a little bit too close as the flame passed through Suffolk. The cyclist was instantly swooped on and removed from his bicycle in a matter of seconds.
The police issued a statement on the incident.
"A male on a pedal cycle attempted to enter the security bubble around the torchbearer. The Met's torch security team prevented him from gaining access to the torchbearer and the male fell off his bike. He immediately got back on his bike and left." We bet he did but we also think he had a little help in the falling off process.
An Olympic spokesperson also issued this warning. "Although there was no disruption to the relay, we'd like to remind people not to enter the security bubble, this is for their own safety as well as the torchbearer's - The Torch Relay is a moving convoy including vehicles."
So if you do happen to see the torch, stand well back as you don't want to be dealt with like this, do you?