"This was a completely reckless and dangerous thing to do," says police inspector...

Merseyside Police are investigating an incident in which a cyclist was knocked off his bike after riding into some wire stretched across a promenade in Wallasey on the Wirral.

Officers are treating the incident, which happened on Egremont Promenade at around 9.20pm on the evening of Monday 13 March, as assault, with the victim sustaining cuts and bruises.

Local Community Inspector Paul Harrison said: “Thankfully on this occasion, the injuries the man suffered are superficial, but this could have been much worse. This was a completely reckless and dangerous thing to do and the victim has understandably been left distressed by what happened to him. 

“While we are treating this as an isolated incident, as we move into Spring we will be giving this area and the whole of the waterfront extra police attention.

"Today PCSOs will be out and about in the area and we continue to work with other agencies to get the message out there that we will there that the promenade is there for the use and enjoyment of everyone and that anyone who commits offences will be dealt with. 

“We are examining CCTV from the area and enquiries are on-going to trace the person(s) responsible for this incident.

"Anyone who has any information about this incident, or who witnesses anti-social behaviour or criminal offences in this area should contact the police so that we can take action – contact police via 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.