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Norwich Cycling club's treasure hunt is put on hold after suspected hoax call

PUBLISHED: 09:31 16 January 2015 | UPDATED: 09:31 16 January 2015

Members of Norwich Alleycats who have recently been subject to a hoax call about their activities. Photo: Steve Adams

Members of Norwich Alleycats who have recently been subject to a hoax call about their activities. Photo: Steve Adams

A Norwich cycling club has put its next treasure hunt on hold following a suspected hoax call.

Norwich Alleycats, who organise cycle treasure hunts throughout the year, recently received a call from an individual claiming to be from Norfolk Constabulary, warning them that their event was a road race and therefore against the law.

Organiser Gareth Lewis said: “The treasure hunt is a social activity where participants plan their own routes on public highways; it has never been a race.”

The treasure hunts are comprised of clues and unmanned check points which are normally linked to some of the city’s most famous statues and plaques.

The event, which was set up in 2010, sees up to 30 people scouring the city for answers to clues.

In light of the hoax call, the next treasure hunt on February 1 has been put on hold. Norfolk Constabulary said they were not aware of a call made by police to event organisers.

The traffic management officer for Norfolk Police said: “Norfolk Constabulary has no power to prohibit an event unless it causes obstruction to the free flow of traffic.” They urged organisers to contact Norfolk Constabulary, who would be happy to offer advice on future events.

Do you have a cycling story? Email kate.royall@archant.co.uk

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