Cyclist injured after hitting rope strung across cycle path in Merseyside

Two teenage girls arrested after Siobhan Delamare suffers throat and head injuries after hitting rope strung across cycle path in New Brighton

Two teenage girls have been arrested by police after 23-year-old teaching assistant Siobhan Delamare suffered serious throat and head injuries as a result of cycling into a rope stretched across a path in New Brighton, Merseyside, on Monday.

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Delamare rode into the life-ring rope stretched at neck-height across the seafront path after spotting it too late to avoid striking it. She fell backwards, hitting her head on the tarmac, reports the Liverpool Echo. She was taken to Arrowe Park hospital for treatment and kept in overnight for observation. She later returned to hospital after suffering from vomiting.

Delamare’s mother said: “She could have had her head chopped off, she could easily have died. It doesn’t bear thinking about. To watch your daughter going through that is just terrible. I couldn’t even hug her because of all the bruises. How could someone do that to another person?”

Police arrested two girls on Tuesday, aged 13 and 15. Both have been bailed.

Police inspector Pete Kolokotroni said: “People who do things like this can’t think about the possible consequences and such behaviour has no place in our community.”