TWO cyclists narrowly escaped serious injury when they rode into a rope that had been deliberately strung across a footpath.
The pair rode straight into the trap within an hour of each other on the same morning.
The first incident happened at 5.30am on September 5, when the 51-year-old victim was making his usual cycle trip to work.
As he cycled along a temporary footpath, installed due to roadworks on Bryn Road, Bryn, he suddenly struck a rope that had been attached over the path at head level.
He was knocked off his bike and suffered an injury to his nose and a dislocated shoulder.
He was taken to hospital for treatment and is now making a good recovery.
Around an hour later a 41-year-old man was cycling along the same stretch when he was also knocked off his bike. He suffered an injury to his nose and bruising to his face and had treatment at his GP surgery.
Detective Constable Andrew Hill, Wigan CID, said: “This is one of the stupidest and most reckless acts I have ever seen.
“It’s only by sheer good luck that these innocent cyclist weren’t seriously injured or even killed. Whoever did this deliberately placed the rope at head height for optimum effect, and it could so easily have proved devastatingly successful.
“The victims were using a temporary footpath so it’s conceivable that the culprit had been annoyed at cyclists riding on the path. However, no amount of frustration can ever justify this crime.
“I now want to hear from anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 5307 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.