Man dubbed 'crazy' for carrying child on his shoulders on a bicycle in Long Eaton
A CYCLIST who was photographed riding along a main road with a child on his shoulders has been dubbed "crazy".
Councillor Roland Hosker, who lives just along the road from where the "unbelievable" picture was snapped said: "I saw it on the television and it was amazing to see and obviously very dangerous."
The Derbyshire County Council councillor for Long Eaton said: "I have had children and the thought of doing that would not cross my mind. It's crazy. But the little girl could be seen clearly so I am sure the person who did this will be found out."
The man was photographed by a passer-by on Monday, cycling along Tamworth Road in Long Eaton.
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Since the picture was published on Thursday, police have received four calls from people who said they also witnessed the scene. But no-one has called to say that they recognise the man or the child.
Inspector Benny Goodman said he was "amazed" by what he had seen and the man's actions, as seen in the photograph, were "dangerous".
He added he would like the cyclist to get in touch so that the police can give him some road safety advice.
"Clearly this is very dangerous," said Inspector Goodman. There is a section of law that covers dangerous cycling where there is a risk of injury, and there is a risk of injury to the child.
"It would only take a pothole or a gust of wind or a close-moving vehicle and it's an accident waiting to happen."
The man who took the photograph, who does not want to be identified, said he saw the man cycling with one hand on the handlebars and "could not believe" what he was seeing.
Maurice Buxton, assistant secretary of cycling group Velo Club Long Eaton, said he had been shocked when he saw the footage.
He said: "I recognised the area and couldn't believe that somebody with a child would be so reckless to do that.
"It seems as if he was lucky to get away with it as there are quite a few cars going along that road."
Anyone who recognises the man should contact Derbyshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.