POLICE are hunting yobs who tied cabling across a park path which left a six-year-old girl with serious injuries to her neck.

The youngster was out on her bike with her grandparents when she rode straight into the wire which had been strung up deliberately.

The brake cabling from a bicycle caught her around her throat and pulled her from her bike.

She was left with nasty bruising to her throat as a result.

The incident took place at some time between 4.10pm and 4.55pm on Thursday, August 14 at Wheatlands Park, Titchfield Common.

PC Jim Heath, leading the investigation, said: “The cable was fixed deliberatley to catch people using the path, and could have caused serious injury. "I am very keen to trace those responsible to ensure there is no repeat incident, and to make them aware of how dangerous this could have been.

“I would like to appeal to anyone using the park who may have seen anyone fixing the cable in place or tampering with an abandoned purple and white childs BMX which has been left at the scene. "In particular we would like to speak with two boys, aged around 15 or 16, who were sat in the nearby play park at the time of the incident, as they may have vital information.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC Heath, at Park Gate police station by calling 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.

• This story was updated at 4.12pm following an update from Hampshire police saying they had the age of victim wrong.