Cheese rolling supplier warned

Police have warned an 86-year-old cheesemaker she could be liable for legal action if she continues to supply a wheel of Double Gloucester for the annual cheese rolling event in Gloucestershire. Several people are injured each year during the event

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Cheesemaker warned by police

Competitors at last year's cheese rolling event on Cooper's Hill Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The 86 year-old cheesemaker who supplies a wheel of Double Gloucester for the annual cheese rolling event has been warned by police that she could be liable for legal action if anybody is injured. Diana Smart has supplied the 7lb cheese for the race near Brockworth for the past 25 years.

Cheese rolling has taken place at Cooper's Hill on the spring bank holiday since at least the turn of the 19th century. The last official event was held in 2010, when 15,000 people turned up.

Health and safety concerns led to the contest being cancelled, but unofficial competitions have run since. More details here.

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Cheese rolling row: police statement

Gloucestershire police have issued a statement after cheesemaker Diana Smart was warned she could be liable for legal action if she continued to supply a wheel of cheese for the annual bank holiday event. They make clear that no-one has been banned from making or providing the cheese.

"Several months ago one police officer visited the son and mother who in the past have produced the cheese for both official and unofficial cheese rolling events.

The purpose of this visit was to advise them that, in the absence of a recognised organiser, anyone that facilitates the event could be deemed to be an organiser by default. In this case that person could then attract the legal liability issues that come with hosting the cheese rolling.

The same information was given to others who could be deemed as ‘organisers’. "

– Gloucestershire police

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