Rope peril for cyclist

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A cyclist was seriously injured after his bike crashed into a rope tied across a path.

Police are hunting the culprits who tied the rope, and are describing it as a serious assault.

The 26-year-old man suffered a fractured elbow and other injuries after he fell off his bike on the promenade, to the back of Twemlow Parade, Heysham, at around 7.45pm on March 24.

About 100 yards past the children’s play park, someone had tied a lifesaver ring rope across the path at chest height.

It was dark at the time and, not seeing the rope, the cyclist collided with it, causing him to be thrown off his bike.

Faye Tinker, from Lancaster and Morecambe Police, said: “We would appeal to the public for any information in regards to this very stupid and callous act.

“On this occasion, the actions of the persons responsible have been very serious.

“They could have resulted in life-changing injuries, if not fatal consequences.

“We also want the public to be aware of this dangerous practice for their own safety.

“Apparently this is not the first time this has happened in that location.

“Unfortunately, not all incidents are reported to us.”

If anyone has any information, call police on 101, quoting crime number BB1405844, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or online at

No personal details are taken and you will not go to court.

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