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Fencing endangers bikers - claim

PUBLISHED: 00:00 08 April 2003 | UPDATED: 13:42 03 March 2010

BARBED wire fencing along one of the main routes into Ipswich is putting the lives of motorcyclists and animals at risk, it was claimed today.

Motorcyclist Michael Miles, of Sheepgate Lane, Falkenham, claims the fencing put up along Foxhall Road is an unnecessary hazard that could have horrific consequences.

BARBED wire fencing along one of the main routes into Ipswich is putting the lives of motorcyclists and animals at risk, it was claimed today.

Motorcyclist Michael Miles, of Sheepgate Lane, Falkenham, claims the fencing put up along Foxhall Road is an unnecessary hazard that could have horrific consequences.

The 46-year-old was involved in an accident along the road around 20 years ago that resulted in him being propelled into the area now fenced with barbed wire.

If a similar accident happened today, Mr Miles says he dreads to think what might happen.

It was in the summer of 1983 that Mr Miles was out with a group of fellow motorcyclists when his back tyre burst, causing him to lose control of his bike.

"I lost control and ended up in the trees, he said. "I didn't hurt myself but if there was barbed wire fencing there then it would've been different.

"If anyone comes off their bike along there now, I wouldn't give them much hope."

Mr Miles said motorcyclists regularly use the route because there is a motorcycle shop further along the road.

He also claims the fence is putting wildlife in danger and said there is often wild deer in the area.

He added: "I can't see the point of having it. All it does is cause damage to whatever comes into contact with it.

"If you come off your bike, there's no where else to go other than into the barbed wire."

A spokesman for Suffolk Coastal district council said it no influence over fences under one metre in height put up alongside the highway.

He said: "If it's over one metre in height, they need planning permission. At that stage, we may have some input over the materials but we've heard nothing about this."


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