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Australia Cyclist grilled by police while exercising in Melbourne CBD

19:16  14 october  2020
19:16  14 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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The cyclist was riding in an almost empty carpark near the Queen Victoria Markets in Melbourne 's CBD when he was interrogated by a security guard Welcome to Dan Andrews' police state, where going for a bike ride is a crime: Cyclist is pulled over and grilled by cops while out exercising in

Footage has emerged of a cyclist being grilled by Victorian Police officers and a security guard while exercising during Melbourne 's COVID lockdown. The man was riding in an almost empty car park near the Queen Victoria Markets in the CBD when he was stopped by a private security guard who

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A cyclist has filmed the moment he was interrogated by police and a security guard while out for exercise during Melbourne's coronavirus lockdown.

The man was riding in an almost empty car park near the Queen Victoria Markets in the CBD when he was stopped by a female private security guard who noticed he wasn't wearing a fitted mask.

'Come here! What's your reason for not wearing a mouthpiece mate?' she demands.

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The surprised cyclist said that he was exercising. While masks are mandatory in public in Victoria, people do not have to wear them while exercising.

a person sitting in a parking lot: The cyclist was stopped in his tracks by a security guard patrolling Queen Victoria Markets © Provided by Daily Mail The cyclist was stopped in his tracks by a security guard patrolling Queen Victoria Markets

'No, you're not,' the woman replied.

'You're riding a bike and you're stopping the whole time along here and filming. That's not exercising. Exercise is continually going.'

The footage shows the pair arguing as the commotion attracts the attention of two police officers patrolling nearby.

'He's riding along here without a mask on and he's stopping and filming,' the security guard explains to the cops, who then take over.

The cyclist, who has a mask on him and puts it on, explains to the officers that he's filming his exercise for TikTok and insists he's not doing anything wrong as they take down his details.

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The cyclist's identity is unknown as the footage is muted while he provides his details.

a group of people sitting in a parking lot: The cyclist was accused by the security guard and police of breaching lockdown restrictions © Provided by Daily Mail The cyclist was accused by the security guard and police of breaching lockdown restrictions

The man is heard insisting that he's within five kilometres of his home - a restriction imposed on Melburnians - prompting officers to investigate further on Google Maps.

After a fruitless search and seven minutes of questioning, the officers let the cyclist go.

'Thank you have a good day, I'll continue my exercise,' he said.

The cyclist does several more laps of the car park while filming police as they grill other passers-by about their movements.

Victoria Police declined to comment on the footage.

'We don't comment on specific allegations of breaches,' a spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia.

a person sitting on a motorcycle in a parking lot: Police officers interrogated the cyclists for seven minutes before he was free to go © Provided by Daily Mail Police officers interrogated the cyclists for seven minutes before he was free to go

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'WOW, your police and government have completely lost there mind,' one viewer commented.

Another added: 'You've got to be kidding me! Nothing better to do than harass because they can. Around the world the police are a breeding ground for thugs who think they are above the law.'

Cycling is permitted in Melbourne but must be within the daily two-hour outdoor limit and within a five-kilometre radius of riders' homes or workplaces.

a car parked on a city street: The man filmed police questioning other passers-by while riding laps of the car park © Provided by Daily Mail The man filmed police questioning other passers-by while riding laps of the car park

Victorians don't have to wear a mask during exercise but must use it whenever they leave their homes.

'You're able to remove the mask if you're doing strenuous exercise where you're out of breath (i.e. running, cycling),' the VicHealth website states.

'You still need to have a mask on you and put the mask back on if you're walking before/after your strenuous activity.'

Bicycle Network recommends cyclists wear a mask while riding.

Most forms of outdoor exercise and non-contact community sports are now permitted in Melbourne, except golf.

a person riding on the back of a bicycle: While face masks don't have to be worn during strenuous exercise, cyclists in Victoria are recommended to wear one while riding. Pictured is a cyclist exercising in Melbourne © Provided by Daily Mail While face masks don't have to be worn during strenuous exercise, cyclists in Victoria are recommended to wear one while riding. Pictured is a cyclist exercising in Melbourne Read more

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