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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 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.