Cycling UK: Police 'victim shaming' over Taff Trail robberies

Bute Park in Cardiff, where part of the Taff Trail runs Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Part of the 55-mile long trail runs through Cardiff's Bute park - linking the city centre with surrounding areas

A police force has been accused of "victim shaming" by a leading cycling body.

It follows seven robberies on the Taff Trail in Cardiff in recent weeks.

South Wales Police said they are investigating the robberies, which all took place in the hours of darkness.

"Patrols are being stepped up in the area, but we'd also urge everyone to take normal precautions whenever they're walking in unlit or poorly lit areas.

"In the hours of darkness, we always encourage people to stick to well-lit, busy roads."

Cycling UK Wales' Gwenda Owen said police should be addressing the crime - not discouraging trail users at night.

"The police message that went out is unfortunate," said Ms Owen, Wales engagement officer for the cycling campaign group.

"It's victim shaming - it's not addressing the problem."

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Image caption Part of the Taff Trail links Llandaff with the city centre, through Bute Park

The Taff Trail runs for 55 miles (88.5km) from Brecon to Cardiff.

Ms Owen said the trail was a "vital route" for active travel in the city.

The robberies have all taken place towards the city-centre stretch of the trail.

The Cardiff section runs from Castell Coch, down through Radyr to Whitchurch, Llandaff and on to the city centre through Bute Park before on to Cardiff Bay.

The incidents led to Cardiff Metropolitan University telling students and staff on social media to use "alternative routes in and out of the city at this time".

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