Moped rider hits rope tied across road

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A MOPED rider was knocked off his bike after thugs tied a rope across one of the main roads in Portsmouth.

Police say the unsuspecting victim did not see the trap – which had been set at neck height – until it was too late.

He was riding towards North End on Fratton Road in Portsmouth when the crash happened in the early hours of yesterday.

As the 54-year-old went through traffic lights at the junction with St Mary’s Road to carry straight on when he hit the rope and was knocked off the bike.

It had been tied to stretch across both lanes from the middle of the road to the nearside lane.

Police said that a driver in a taxi that was waiting in the right hand lane at the traffic lights to turn into nearby St Mary’s Road may have tried to alert the rider to the danger,

However he did not realise the rope was there before he rode into it.

The victim suffered minor injuries including neck pain and cuts to his knees and elbows.

However police said he took himself for checks at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham following the accident, which happened at about 1.30am yesterday.

Ian Skingsley from Fratton Roads Policing Unit, who is investigating, said: ‘We’re appealing for witnesses to what is a fairly unusual occurrence.

‘Although it was quite quiet at that time of the morning, a taxi was waiting in the right hand lane at the time to turn onto St Mary’s Road.

‘We think the driver may have tried to alert the moped rider but unfortunately he didn’t realise in time.

‘He was very lucky to only have sustained what are believed to be minor injuries at this time.

‘I’d like to hear from anyone who saw what happened or saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area around that time.’

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Skingsley at the Fratton Roads Policing unit on 101 or 0845 0454545 quoting crime reference number 44110226589.

Alternatively call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555111.