Jogger injured by rope tied across Exeter footbridge
A jogger was seriously injured when she ran into a rope that had been tied at neck height across a footbridge in Exeter, police have said.
The 33-year-old woman was running with her partner when she ran into the rope near the University of Plymouth campus on Thursday evening.
She fell backwards and suffered a head and neck injury as a result of the "profoundly mindless" act, police said.
She was taken hospital where her condition is described as stable.
Police believe the woman did not see the rope, which was tied across the bridge leading to Salmon Pool Lane from the Duck's Marsh playing field, because it was getting dark.
Det Insp Grant Leitch, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "It would appear that someone has maliciously put this rope across the walkway at such a height to stop someone who is innocently walking, running or cycling past.
"We must bring whoever did this to justice. This may have been a profoundly mindless act that's had a very serious consequence.
"Whoever did this may have done it as a prank and are now possibly regretting their actions.
"I would say to them, if you have any sense of remorse, I would encourage you to come forward."
He added: "Many people do run or cycle on their own. But she was with a close friend and that might have been a life-saver."