WRONG WIRING: Sophie Attwater and Emily Durrington look at the spot where they saw a piece of fishing wire strung across the road on Mary St between two trees. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN
WRONG WIRING: Sophie Attwater and Emily Durrington look at the spot where they saw a piece of fishing wire strung across the road on Mary St between two trees. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN

Wire strung across road could have seriously injured

GRAFTON cyclists and colleagues Sophie Attwater and Emily Durrington had a fright when the bikes they were riding got caught up in a thin wire resembling fishing line that had been strung across the road.

The fishing wire had been strung between two trees across Mary St in a popular location for cyclists.

While the wire was only at handlebar height for Ms Attwater, who was riding lead, the two women were concerned for the safety of younger riders.

"It was a really clear day so you could not even see the wire strung up in the sunlight," Ms Attwater said.

"It was lucky that it was not higher, but for a child that is pretty much neck height."

"If a child was going fast enough down that street there is a chance it could take their head off, or seriously injure them."

The wire was wound tightly around two bottles at either end which had been placed up in the tree.

"The wire wrapped around Sophie's handle bars and then got tangled up with my bike so she was pulling me along with her for a stretch," Ms Durrington said.

"I called out to Sophie to stop to avoid any sort of accident and we just threw the wire away."

Both women avoided any injury but it could have been a much more serious incident for someone shorter.

The women decided at the time not to inform the police of the incident because they thought that "there is not much the police could do about it".

"It was probably just some kids getting up to a bit of holidays mischief," Ms Durrington said.

"But it could have really serious consequences."

If you know any information in relation to this incident you can phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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