Speeding cyclists are being targeted by police with hand-held speed guns.
Those going faster than the 10mph limit on a seaside promenade were clocked by an officer hidden behind a beach hut.
They were then reported to a council ‘seafront ranger’ in radio contact with the PC and stopped 200 yards further down the prom.
But despite launching their ‘crackdown’, the officials in Bournemouth have no powers to punish speeding cyclists with fines, because offenders do not have speedometers and so are unaware of breaking the law.
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Instead, offenders are given advice and a leaflet on the dangers of speeding on the seven-mile stretch.
In the first hour of the crackdown, more than 30 cyclists were stopped. One of them, Nick Lomax, a 26-year-old chef, was pedalling to work at 16mph.
He said: ‘I didn’t see the police officer at all, he didn’t show himself. I cycle to work every single day and I think this is absolutely ridiculous. It is a complete waste of time and money.
‘The council and the police must have too much time on their hands if they can spend the day on the beach with a speed gun.