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Police in Sherborne are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after a rope was tied across a busy road in the town.
The incident, in which unknown offenders secured a dark blue nylon rope to posts either side of Bristol Road, near Western Ways Yard, happened at around 7.50pm on Saturday, 20 November 2010.
The rope, held between a sign and a lamppost, was around four or five feet above the ground.
It was discovered by a female member of the public, who took it down and contacted police.
Police Constable Neil Gauden, of Sherborne police, said: “Fortunately, no-one was hurt as a result of this extremely dangerous incident.
“It was dark outside and motorists would have had very little chance of stopping in time. Clearly, if a motorcyclist had collided with this rope they could have suffered very serious injuries.
“I am appealing for anyone who witnessed this incident, and anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the Bristol Road area on Saturday night, to contact me urgently.
“Anyone with any information about those responsible should get in touch as soon as possible.”
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 01305 222 222 or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.