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Teen receives horrific neck injury after barbed wire accident

A teenager from Yorkshire was rushed to hospital with a potentially serious neck injury after barbed wire was stretched across a track regularly used by off-road bikers.

16-year-old Scott Bower was riding his motorcycle along the track near Rotherham when he was 'clothes-lined' by the wire. It had been tied at head height to two trees and sent him tumbling from his bike with blood spraying from his neck.

Rushed to hospital, the boy's personal injuries were treated and doctors were forced to put 17 stitches in his neck to keep the deep wound closed. After several hours he was released and allowed to return home.

Police believe the wire was left by a member of the public fed up with the bikers causing noise and disturbance and have begun an investigation. Discussing the motorcycle accident, Inspector James Revitt said, "We are treating this matter very seriously.

"This young man received a nasty cut to his neck and was fortunate not to receive more substantial injuries.

"We do get a number of complaints about off-road bikers and some residents feel very strongly about such matters. This, however, shows the danger of taking the law into their own hands."

Scott suffered his neck injury at midday on March 4th 2006 near Grange Park Golf Club in Rotherham, and police are asking anyone with information to get in touch or go to



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