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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Video of cyclist ‘hitching a lift’ sparks outrage

** WARNING: Video contains strong language ** 

Police are appealing for information following a report from a member of the public regarding a cyclist holding onto a Field Master trailer.

The incident reportedly occurred on the A40 in the Canaston Bridge area, heading towards Haverfordwest in recent days.

In a brief statement, a spokesperson for Dyfed-Powys Police, said: “We received a report of a cyclist holding on to a trailer on the A40 in the Canaston Bridge area, heading towards Haverfordwest.”

“Officers attended; however, they were unable to trace the cyclist. If anyone has information regarding this incident, or knows who the cyclist is, please contact Dyfed-Powys Police on 101, quoting reference 170 of March 16th.”

Police contacted Steve Evans, a farmer, who brought the incident to their attention by posting footage on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon (March 16th, 2021).

In a tweet, he said: “@DyfedPowys surely this illegal??? Cyclist hitching a lift!!! #deathwish.”

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In response, a spokesperson for the police force, said: “Thanks for getting in touch. Please could you let us know when and where this incident took place? Thanks”, to which he responded, “drop me a DM, I’m still following it now”.

Tractor driver ‘had no idea’

The dairy farmer outlined that there are road works on this particular stretch of road. “I’ve seen some things in my time, but this is up there with the best of the stupid ones.”

“[It] drives me mad. [The] tractor driver had no idea that [the] cyclist was behind him.”

Evans told Farmers Weekly, “On downhill parts of the road, he was freewheeling inches literally from the back of the trailer. The lad in the tractor was completely oblivious to him; he had absolutely no clue.”

“The tractor might have had to jam on [the brakes], and that bike would’ve been underneath. Or, he’d certainly have smashed his head on the tailgate of the trailer.”

The dairy farmer told the publication that he has since spoken to the tractor driver, who was shocked to see the footage.

“Things are drying up, and there are going to be more of us on the land. We’re going to be on the roads more, and you see things like that; it is unbelievable.” Evans concluded.


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