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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Scottish police stop Sri Lanka cyclists from cycling on busy motorway ahead of Commonwealth Games

Published 23/07/2014 | 18:21

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Handout photo taken from the twitter feed @jonny_brownlee with permission of members of Sri Lanka's Commonwealth Games team as they cycle down the M74 motorway near the exit for Motherwell and Hamilton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday July 23, 2014. See PA story COMMONWEALTH Cyclists. Photo credit should read: Jonny Brownlee/PA Wire

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Handout photo taken from the twitter feed @jonny_brownlee with permission of members of Sri Lanka's Commonwealth Games team as they cycle down the M74 motorway near the exit for Motherwell and Hamilton in Scotland

Four members of Sri Lanka's Commonwealth Games team sparked a police response after going for a ride down one of Scotland's busiest stretches of motorway.

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Four Glasgow 2014 athletes were spotted cycling down the M74 before police intervened near the exit for Motherwell and Hamilton and informed them they were breaking the law.

The junction is close to Strathclyde Park, which hosts the triathlon events on Thursday and Sunday.

Police Scotland confirmed they had been called to a report of four cyclists on the M74 at Junction 6 at around 11.55am on Wednesday.

A police spokeswoman said: "Police attended. Advice and assistance was given."

The spokeswoman confirmed they were from the Sri Lankan team and said the cycles were loaded on to a team vehicle and they left the area.

A similar episode occurred during the Manchester Games in 2002 when two Kenya cyclists travelled 17 miles down the M61 before being pulled over by police near Bolton.

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