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Wirral cyclist hurt by wire stretched across promenade - police treating incident as assault

"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.”

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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