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Suffolk cyclists warned to be on guard after wire found stretched across bike path

Booby-trap discovered on Sunday evening and follows similar incidents around the UK

Police in Suffolk have warned cyclists and pedestrians to be on their guard after wire was found stretched across a cycle path at head height.

The wire was found by a member of the public at Mead Drive, Kesgrave, just to the east of Ipswich, on the evening of Sunday 15 March at around 8.30pm, say police, and two other pieces of wire were subsequently found.

PC Simon Mortimer of the Kesgrave and District Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “This is an extremely dangerous and irresponsible thing to do, stretching wire across the paths at head height could cause serious injury to cyclists and pedestrians.

"We are appealing for anyone who has information about this mindless act to contact us to prevent further incidents and someone being injured.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kesgrave and District Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101 quoting reference WO/15/472, or the charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Sadly, wire being strung across a cycle path is a relatively common occurrence, and we have reported on a number of such incidents in the past.

In 2011 a cyclist on the Bristol & Bath Railway Path was left unconscious and had his bike stolen when he crashed due to a clothes line being strung across the route, the busiest off-road cycle path in Britain.

In late 2013, a cyclist in Edinburgh was left “bleeding and dazed” when he came off his bike due to a clothes line placed across the city’s Roseburn path at head height.

A second cyclist narrowly avoided been brought down by a similar trap nearby, which was placed lower, with her boyfriend saying that the perpetrators had carried out “the equivalent of attempted murder.”

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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