Police, cycling groups and bikers are condemning those responsible for stretching a wire across a narrow road in Dumfries and Galloway.
The fishing line was strung at throat height across the quiet C125n backroad between Sanquhar and Kelloholm, near Drumbuie. It was found by a passerby at 5am on July 26.
Officers accept it may have been youngsters misguidedly thinking it was a 'practical joke'. However, they say it is being treated as a serious crime as the level of danger to the public was was so severe.
PC Stephen Aulb, from Dumfries and Galloway Police said:
– PC Stephen Aulb, Dumfries and Galloway Police
"Imagine cycling along the road - you wouldn't have seen this until you were upon it. By that time it would have been too late and you may well have been injured as a result of it.
"We could, may well have been looking at a more serious incident which possibly could have resulted in injuries to a cyclist, or a motorcyclist"
Motorcyclists have also highlighted the danger caused by this sort of act. Nigel MacDonald said the wire could have caused a tragedy had someone collided with it. He said:
– Nigel MacDonald, Motorcyclist
If it hits the motorcyclist or indeed the cyclist around the neck, well that's potentially them garrotted. If they don't and they survive it, whether they stay on the bike or not remains to be seen. They are going to be really traumatised."
Anyone who may have seen suspicious activity in the area prior to July 26 is asked to contact Dumfries and Galloway Police on 101.