#UK Teacher, 59, cycling Penny Farthing across UK dressed as VIKING told not to carry axe through London #UKnews
An ex-teacher cycling across the UK dressed as a Viking claims he is been compelled to depart his weapons on the M25 – as police told him it wasn’t a ‘good thought’ to carry a sword or axe through London.
The ‘eccentric’ historian Steve Payne, 59, set off on an epic 300-mile journey on a Penny Farthing on Tuesday in full Viking regalia.
The journey will take him from the Palace of Westminster to Bosham, West Sussex through Essex, Surrey, Hampshire, Somerset and Wiltshire.
He is clad within the 40lbs outfit to increase consciousness for homelessness.
The former trainer stated the Met Police urged him not to experience through central London together with his weapons in gentle of the March 2017 terrorist assault close to Westminster Bridge.
Instead, the self-styled ‘gentleman adventurer’ wore his full chainmail, helmet, tunic and boots however left his sword, scabbard, seaxe knife and axe with a good friend earlier than getting into London.
Steve Payne, 59, is cycling 300 miles on his Penny Farthing carrying a historically-accurate Viking outfit
Mr Payne was warned by the Metropolitan Police not to convey his varied Viking weapons through the center of London
Mr Payne made it to London as a part of his journey however left his axe, swords and knife with a good friend earlier than heading to the capital
After leaving the capital, Mr Payne continued his journey and is believed to have picked up his assortment of weaponry en route.
Mr Payne stated he referred to as quite a few police forces to examine if he may journey together with his weapons however stated the Met had been the one one to instruct him not to.
The historical past buff has beforehand crossed the Alps on an area hopper and paddled across Wales in a conventional coracle boat to re-enact well-known historic journeys.
Mr Payne, from Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire, stated: ‘I’m recreating a historic journey with a twist.
‘I’m doing it on a Penny Farthing, in Viking armour, chainmail, sword and protect.
‘I’ll be doing it in genuine Viking package – other than the very fact I’m on a Penny Farthing and not a horse.
‘The Penny Farthing may have two coconut halves connected to the handlebars in order that as I experience alongside, I can knock them collectively to make the sound of a horse.
‘The outfit might be about 40lbs of weight. It’s a helmet, tunic, full chainmail, sword, protect, Viking boots.
‘The seaxe is an extended knife which they’d use for shut quarters fight and likewise for chopping their meat, consuming their bread, however the Met are not very joyful about me driving from Westminster Palace [with it].’
The former historical past trainer is hauling his full Viking regalia and strange bicycle across the nation
The tour information determined to make the ‘barely eccentric’ journey after being awarded Great British Eccentric of the Year in 2020
Mr Payne stated he was told he would not be allowed to carry the weapons final week.
He stated: ‘Met Police stated in view of the very fact there was an officer stabbed exterior of the Houses of Parliament he did not assume it was a good suggestion so I made a decision not to take the sword.
‘I can completely see their standpoint that solely [in 2017] somebody bumped into a few individuals on the bridge then stabbed a copper to demise.
‘The chief constables of [other police forces] are tremendous about it as a result of [the weapons] are not sharp. It’s a stage prop.
‘It’s a full steel sword but it surely’s most likely not a good suggestion to be hanging round in central London with a sword in your belt.
‘So I’m going to have to give the sword to a good friend to do the central London half then decide it up from him as I depart London.’
The tour information determined to make the ‘barely eccentric’ journey after being awarded Great British Eccentric of the Year in 2020.
This time, the physician of Mediaeval History is hoping to relive his highschool historical past classes by taking over a well-known King Cnut legend – the place the British king allegedly held again the tide.
Mr Payne stated: ‘It’s precisely 1,000 years since King Cnut allegedly held again the tide. This occurred round 1022. It was principally the Danish Conquest.
‘I’m setting off from London on my Penny Farthing as a result of I haven’t got a horse. I’m following the route they’d have taken from London, down to Somerset, up to Wiltshire and across to Essex and Kent, the place the ultimate battle happened that confirmed Cnut as the winner.
Mr Payne stated he needed to increase consciousness for homelessness by sleeping tough
On one other of his adventures, he crossed the Alps from Italy to Switzerland on an area hopper referred to as Hannibal
The eccentric traveler’s tools consists of full chainmail, a helmet, tunic and boots alongside together with his sword, scabbard, seaxe knife and axe
‘After that, I’ll be driving down to Bosham to recreate the holding again the tide story.
‘I’ve been a reenactor for a few years so I’ve my fits of armour and costumes from something from the Roman interval to the Second World War. I’m typically operating round within the background of movies as an additional or exhibiting individuals round castles.
‘The costume I’ve received is not a difficulty. I may seize maintain of something from a Roman centurions uniform to a Second World War policeman in just about a second.
‘I used to be voted Britain’s Eccentric of the Year for the final two years and I’ve made a behavior of creating these barely eccentric, lengthy distance historic journeys ever since.’
After realising he hated figuring out on the fitness center with ‘a bunch of 22-year-olds’, Mr Payne determined to hold match utilizing unconventional strategies – devising quirky concepts for the bodily taxing journeys.
Mr Payne stated: ‘The Penny Farthing is sweet train – I do not like gyms. It’s received no gears so it is laborious work and good enjoyable.
‘It’s additionally fairly sensible as a result of you possibly can see it from a good distance off and automobiles have a tendency to spot you additional away then offer you a large berth as you go by.
‘When you get to my age, it’s totally laborious to hold the load off and whenever you’re 59, there’s not a lot to be gained by sitting in a fitness center with a complete bunch of 22-year-olds.
‘It’s lots more durable whenever you grow old so I would like one thing that is additionally enjoyable as a result of I do not discover operating on a treadmill very enjoyable.’
The historical past fanatic added he was making the weird journey for a superb trigger as he tried to increase consciousness for homelessness by sleeping exterior all through the journey.
He stated: ‘I’ll be sleeping tough alongside the way in which. I’ll be wrapped in my cloak sleeping in hedgerows and underneath bushes as a result of on the very first journey, I used to be helped by a homeless particular person in Wincester who helped me to hold heat – he gave me some ideas.
‘So ever since then, I’ve been sleeping tough and vlogging as I’m going about homelessness as a difficulty.
‘I do not increase cash as a result of then it comes to me and I’ve received to register myself as a charity, so I say take the cash and go discover your native homeless particular person and discover out some concepts of what you are able to do to assist.
‘I simply discuss homelessness as a difficulty.’
When contacted for remark, Metropolitan Police refused to verify their place on individuals carrying swords, axes, scabbards or seaxes like Mr Payne in London and declined to say what they’d advise members of the general public in the event that they had been to enquire about carrying these weapons.
The Home Office confirmed the police had been ‘anticipated to make a judgement on a case by case foundation’.
A spokesperson from the Home Office stated: ‘It is unlawful to carry a bladed article in public (aside from a folding pocket knife with a blade of three inches or much less) and not using a good motive.
‘What constitutes a superb motive is a matter for the courts. The police is anticipated to make a judgement on a case by case foundation as to whether or not the particular person carrying the blade can present that they’ve a superb motive.’