Prank could have been fatal

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A cyclist could have been killed after sick pranksters tied rope across a path, police said.

The 26-year-old victim suffered serious injuries after he rode into the rope in semi-darkness and was thrown off his bike.

He sustained a fractured elbow and various other injuries but was lucky not to be killed, said PC Faye Tinker.

He was riding his bike on the path on the promenade to the back of Twemlow Parade in Heysham in the direction of Morecambe at 7.45pm on March 24.

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

PC Faye Tinker, from Lancaster and Morecambe Police, said: “On this occasion the actions of the persons responsible have been very serious. However they could have resulted in life changing injuries, if not fatal consequences.

“ Also we 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 but unfortunately not all incidents are reported to us.

“We would appeal to the public in order to provide any information in regards to this very stupid and callous act.”

Anybody with any information can call police on 101 quoting Crime Number BB1405844 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at

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