A teenage motorcyclist is being kept in a medically-induced coma after suffering serious injuries to his neck and windpipe after he hit a rope that had been tied between two trees in a wood in St Neots.

The youngster is fighting for his life in Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge and as The Hunts Post went to press yesterday (Tuesday) he was said to be in a "serious, but stable condition".

The incident happened in a wooded area adjacent to a farmer's field in Howitt's Lane, close to the railway bridge and Henbrook Park, at 5.30pm on Friday (April 24).

Detective Constable Diane Tomlinson, who is investigating, said: "The young man is in a serious condition in hospital and I would like to speak with anyone who may know why the rope was tied to those trees, or who may have put it there.

"Anyone who uses the area, such as dog walkers, who may have information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, should call police."

A couple walking their dog in the area on Monday evening said the area was used regularly by

youngsters riding motorbikes. Asked if there was a problem with the noise, the couple, who asked not to be named, said: "No, we live right next to a railway line so we are used to noise from the trains. We don't hear the bikes we just see them when we are walking the dog."

They confirmed that police were in the woods on Friday evening and had removed a blue rope from the wood, which they took away for examination.

The family of the teenager were said to be too upset to talk at this time.

INFORMATION: Anyone with information should contact the Huntingdonshire Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on

0800 555111.