Frinton: Trip wire set up across Lower Promenade investigated after man knocked from wheelchair twice in a week

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A Tendring District councillor has said he is appalled that someone has been setting up trip wires on Frinton’s promenades.

It was discovered the almost invisible hazard has been set up a few feet off the ground across the town’s Lower Promenade when a wheelchair athlete was knocked out of his chair twice in one week.

The wire had been attached to street furniture either side of the street.

Staff from the Seafront and Parking team have now carried out checks at various locations and will continue to do so regularly.

Police believe the wire was set up to knock cyclists off their bikes and could cause serious injury or even worse and are investigating the reported incidents.

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The man who was knocked out of his wheelchair was training for a triathlon and travelling at speed at the time.

Nick Turner, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Coast Protection, said: “I would urge whoever did this to put a stop to it before someone is seriously injured and anyone who knows who it is to come forward.

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“I find it extremely hard to believe anyone would be so irresponsible and put people’s lives at risk in this way. It just beggars belief.”

Mr Turner said the seafronts and promenades are places for residents and visitors alike to enjoy without having to fear for their safety.

“Our staff spend a great deal of time and trouble helping to ensure that all our seafront users do not come to any harm and are to able make the very most of this facility,” he added.

The most recent incident happened at Frinton on November 20.

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