Returing to Friston Forest acccident scene after cyclist traps discovery

Adrian and Owen Woods
Adrian and Owen Woods

The wife of a cyclist who broke his back is returning to the scene of the accident at Friston Forest this weekend to check for fishing line after the wire was found strung between trees at neck level at another wood on Sunday.

Adrian Woods, 40, of Stoma Gardens, was found sprawled across the forest floor by his son Owen, nine, when the pair were out cycling on May 18.

Brave Owen raised the alarm but to this day Adrian has no idea how the accident happened.

Police are now investigating attempts to cause harm to cyclists at Friston Forest and Paradise Woods in Eastbourne.

They said on Sunday a mountain biker came across several strands of fishing line twisted together and tied between two trees across a bike track at Paradise Woods.

Had the biker not been vigilant enough to see this in time to stop, he could have been seriously injured.

The biker removed the hazard and called the police.

Wealden police are investigating other incidents in Friston Forest which are believed intended to cause harm to mountain bikers, though not involving the use of twine or fishing line.

A spokesman said he believed logs along the side of paths had been pulled across obstucting the way.

Adrian’s wife Lisa said they read about the fishing line on Facebook: “Adrian said, ‘Oh my God, that could be what happened to me’,” she said.

“It is a possibility. He wasn’t going over a jump or coming down a hill - there was no reason for it.

“I’m going to go back and see if I can find any fishing line at the weekend.

“If it was that it is really awful. He’s got a broken back because of it.

“Reading about the fishing line has made him very wary of going on a mountain bike again.

“We would rather it was just that he came off.

“I don’t know how anybody could do this. It could have been a young child on Sunday.”

Paradise Woods are owned by Eastbourne Borough Council and a spokesman said regular inspections were undertaken and would be stepped up, as well as warning signs being installed telling cyclists to check the routes before riding them.

If you see anyone setting up dangerous traps call 999.

If anyone has seen suspicious activity in the woods, particularly with fishing line, contact 101 or email quoting serial 1416 of 22/06 or Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111.