Cheese-Rolling Under Threat as Police Brand Event "Dangerous" and Bully Old Lady Into Submission

By Gary Cutlack on at

An 86-year-old lady has been warned not to provide her usual cheese to a Gloucestershire cheese-rolling event, after police told her she'd be the one held responsible should anyone hurt themselves during the traditional event.

The historic cheese-rolling event has been taking place since the 1800s, and sees locals running down the 200-yard Cooper's Hill just outside Brockworth in Gloucestershire while chasing a rogue round cheese, replicating the sort of thing people used to do before the internet.

Mrs Smart has been making the cheeses used for the run for around 25 years, but won't be doing it this year after the police paid her a visit. Speaking of her ordeal at the hands of local cops, grandmother Diana Smart said: "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."

A spokesperson for the event said: "If they try and stop us [using cheese] we will use something else." [Telegraph]

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