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Prime Minister David Cameron shuns police outrider use

A man using a mobile phone to take a photograph of Prime Minister David Cameron in a car
Passers-by looked on while David Cameron's car was stuck in traffic

Prime Minister David Cameron has decided not to use motorcycle outriders, according to Downing Street.

Earlier, Mr Cameron was photographed in his official car stuck in traffic and without police motorcycle outriders.

Downing Street said he will cope with traffic as others do, but outriders may be used for occasions such as state visits, or amid security concerns.

But Andy Hayman, the former head of anti-terrorism at Scotland Yard, said the decision is misguided.

He told BBC Radio 4: "I can completely understand why the new prime minister wants to have no fuss - that's consistent with his style."

'Listens to advice'

However, Mr Hayman said Mr Cameron was "missing the point" because "the outriders are not just about making a clear passage for the prime minister" but ensure that Mr Cameron, his entourage and members of the public do not inadvertently get caught up in an attack.

"Actually, they're there [so that] if there is an attack against the car they can get that principal out there very quickly and protect members of the public," he said.

A Downing Street spokesman said: "At the moment, the Prime Minister has decided to put up with the traffic like everybody else.

"That is not to say he will never use police outriders. He gets advice in terms of security and he obviously listens to advice."

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