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'Heavy-handed' police ban grandmother from making cheese wheel for famous Gloucester cheese rolling downhill chase

Farmer Diana Smart, 86, who has made the famous Double Gloucester for a quarter of a century, was banned from making the special wheel of cheese by 'heavy-handed' police who turned up at her house.

Police trying to clamp down on the infamous 'Gloucester cheese rolling' event have banned an elderly grandmother from making the giant cheese wheel used in the madcap downhill chase.

Farmer Diana Smart, 86, who has made the famous Double Gloucester for a quarter of a century, was banned from making the special wheel of cheese by 'heavy-handed' police who turned up at her house.

Every year the massive 1ft diameter cheese has been rolled down the hill - followed by brave competitors who risk life and limb to chase it and reach the bottom first.

But Diana, who has provided the large piece of cheese since 1988, has now been warned off doing so for this year's race on Monday - after police used 'scare tactics' to stop her in her tracks.

Three officers visited her farm and told her not to donate five 8lb wheels of her cheese - in a bid to prevent the 'dangerous' event.

Diana, who makes cheese at her Old Ley Court farm in Churcham, Glos, was warned she could be liable for anybody injured - and so has pulled out.

It is the first time in its 200 year history that police have banned a cheesemaker providing the cheese - leaving organisers considering using something else instead.

Diana said the 'heavy handed' police visited her home last week and told in a ''threatening'' manner she would be responsible for any injuries caused.

She said: 'We are not allowed to give them cheese this year. The police came to my farm and said it could cause us an enormous amount of damages.

'I just have to take it as they have said. We cannot do anything about it. It’s crackers the fact that the police came round and warned me not to give the event some cheese.

'I like doing it, it’s always brought me such joy and a smile. The police were so heavy-handed.

'They threatened me, saying I would be wholly responsible if anyone got injured.

'I’m 86, I don’t have the will or the cash to fight any lawsuits. It’s crazy.

'I really don’t know if anyone will step up to the plate and provide them with a cheese.

'It’s such a shame - the police are using scare tactics on businesses because they can’t break the will of the locals.'

There are five races - three for men, one for women, and one safer uphill chase for children.

The event sees runners reach speeds of up to 70mph as they hurtle down the steep slope after the rolling cheese.

Injuries suffered at the cheese rolling including broken arms, legs and even backs.

Following health and safety fears 2009 was the last official cheese rolling event - but unofficially the event is still held every year, without proper medical cover or insurance.

Diana sells her traditionally-made cheeses at farmers' markets and posh grocers Fortnum and Mason - but this year will now not arrive one for the event.

Organisers of the annual spectacle said they will defy any bid to stop the race happening.

A spokesperson said: 'It's outrageous. Completely unbelievable. You cannot stop someone selling cheese.

'If they try to stop us, we will use something else or get some cheese elsewhere.'

A Gloucestershire police spokesman confirmed Diana had been given ''advice''.

He said: 'Advice has been given to all those who have participated in any planning of an unofficial cheese rolling event this coming bank holiday.

'This included the individuals who provide the cheese. We feel it is important that those who, by law, could be constituted as organisers of the event are aware of the responsibilities that come with it so that they can make an informed decision about their participation.'

Oh for fvck sake.

Now, I understand police aren't the brightest bunch; but this isn't some pumped-up-peacock constable out on a traffic stop proving how tough he is to some mouthy motorist.

This IS the bobbies out enforcing some femi-nazi council policy.

Shame.

This event looks like a riot. Why have I not heard of it before?

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Can she not just sell it to whoever wants to buy some cheese?

Can I sue waitrose if I stick a kilo of red leicester up my **** and become ill?

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I think this policeman should be arrested for wasting police time.

Seriously - i am not kidding here. They should be charged imo.

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The article seems to confuse 'donating' with 'selling' the cheese. Donating it implies she knows the intention of its use.

If she sells them for 1p to her 'favoured' customers, job done. Unless we have a minimum cheese price now. Shhhhh....

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So what is their concern?

Policing of the event?

Insurance?

NHS costs of people seriously injured during it?

Overcrowding. Apparently the event is now so popular that the police felt that the number of people converging to watch and participate was becoming dangerous.

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Overcrowding. Apparently the event is now so popular that the police felt that the number of people converging to watch and participate was becoming dangerous.

Fine, let them express their view if they need, beyond that it's none of their ****ing business.

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I usually forget about this until I see it on the local news. So thanks for the reminder, I'll be taking the nephews along to see it.

I can still remember being scared as a kid, not by the tumbling bodies but because there was a landrover parked at the top of the hill with a rope all the way to the bottom, and what looked like a hundred people using it to help themselves up the hill.

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I think this policeman should be arrested for wasting police time.

Seriously - i am not kidding here. They should be charged imo.

Three officers visited her farm and told her not to donate five 8lb wheels of her cheese - in a bid to prevent the 'dangerous' event.

the council have been trying to ban this for years...maybe they succeeded once or twice in the past.

Not sure what Crime the THREE officers were investigating....Although their primary duty is to protect Life...

Course, they could roll anything that size down the hill and run after it.

Plod had better call on just about every shop selling round things.

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Disgusting. It's sad that she seems to have caved in to Police Intimidation.

If someone was injured and decided to sue her, that would be a civil matter. Her supposed vulnerability to legal action seems to revolve around this hypothetical civil liability, not any criminal liability. So it was no business of the Police in the first place.

I wonder if there were a large pot of money to pay the Police generous overtime to police the crowds, this 'warning' might not have happened.

At least some Police Forces have connections with Common Purpose - who use the motto 'Leading Beyond Authority'. I suspect we may be seeing that in action here.

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Overcrowding. Apparently the event is now so popular that the police felt that the number of people converging to watch and participate was becoming dangerous.

There's been a debate over policing of football matches ... Aren't clubs supposed to chip in for some of the cost?

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Disgusting. It's sad that she seems to have caved in to Police Intimidation.

If someone was injured and decided to sue her, that would be a civil matter. Her supposed vulnerability to legal action seems to revolve around this hypothetical civil liability, not any criminal liability. So it was no business of the Police in the first place.

I wonder if there were a large pot of money to pay the Police generous overtime to police the crowds, this 'warning' might not have happened.

At least some Police Forces have connections with Common Purpose - who use the motto 'Leading Beyond Authority'. I suspect we may be seeing that in action here.

Perhaps they should change their motto to 'Interfering Beyond Authority'. It's about time to rebel, methinks.

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Cheese rolling makes mice dizzy! :angry:

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My first thoughts were, bloody interfering police and nanny state. Trouble is nowadays so many events have to be risk assessed so probably best for someone to bring one along with them to save the chance of someone sueing and pointing the finger at the cheese donator or whatever.

A few years ago I was thinking of having a go at this event, I have a mate who's an absolute demon at running down steep hills,he was always in the first few at the first downhill section of dovedale dash I think it was called, I think he'd of had a good chance. The risk involved in this event though was just too high as neither of us were wanting to risk broken legs and arms, or worse!

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I think this policeman should be arrested for wasting police time.

Seriously - i am not kidding here. They should be charged imo.

Actually they should be arrested for blatant abuse of power.

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Actually they should be arrested for blatant abuse of power.

Is that actually a crime though? Maybe if it was, there would be a lot less of this kind of crap.

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You could say I'm a bit cheesed off with this kind of nannying.

Aye, typical bloody kill-joys - always have to get their own whey...

XYY

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