Cyclist suffers rope injury to neck in London's Hyde Park

A cyclist suffered a friction burn to neck and was left gasping for breath when she hit a rope that had been strung between two trees in Hyde Park.

The Met Police have issued a warning to cyclists after the woman was injured at 22:00 BST on Tuesday.

The woman told officers a group of hooded teenagers nearby were holding the rope across her path near Speakers' Corner.

One police officer called it an "extremely dangerous and foolish act".

Det Con Mick Heaney, of Westminster CID, appealed for information and said the cyclist could have received "serious injuries".

"We are not aware of any other incidents at this stage but would urge cyclists and pedestrians to exercise caution when in the area."

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