A Queensland cyclist was left with a broken collarbone after he fell victim to a cruel prank.
The 44-year-old man was riding down a street in Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast early on Sunday morning. At about 5:40am he was violently knocked off his bike thanks to a garden hose that had been strung up across the road.
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The hose had been tied to shrubs at chest height in what was believed to be a deliberate prank.
The cyclist couldn't see the hose in the low morning light and collided with it, falling from his bike. He was taken to the Sunshine Coast University hospital with fractured ribs and a broken collarbone.
Police urge anyone who witnessed the accident, or others like it in the area, to come forward. They say there has been a spate of similar pranks in Mooloolaba in recent weeks.
Local residents with CCTV or dashcam footage from Sunday morning are also asked to contact police.
Earlier in the year, cyclists in Brisbane suspected they were being targeted after puncturing their tyres on thumbtacks laid out along popular cycling routes.