Labour councillor breaks his wrist after saboteur cuts his bike brakes and the politician smashes into lamppost 

  • Joe Day had finished nightshift at Asda when he jumped on his bicycle
  • Despite discovering carrot wedged in his seat he continued on his journey
  • But when he started going downhill realised he had no brakes and crashed 
  • Was left badly injured, with police saying had he died it would be a murder investigation as his brakes had been cut 

Joe Day (pictured) hit a lamppost at the bottom of a hill near his home at 30mph, causing injuries that gave him 'the worst pain he has ever experienced'

Joe Day (pictured) hit a lamppost at the bottom of a hill near his home at 30mph, causing injuries that gave him 'the worst pain he has ever experienced'

Police have launched an investigation after a young Labour councillor was left seriously injured when saboteurs cut his bicycle brakes.

Joe Day, 22, hit a lamppost at the bottom of a hill near his home at 30mph, causing injuries that gave him 'the worst pain he has ever experienced'.

He spent 14 hours in hospital and underwent surgery to repair his finger, where the flesh was split to the bone.

Police now believe this was a deliberate act and said that if Joe had died, they would be starting a murder or manslaughter investigation.

Joe, a former Manchester University physics student and TV quiz show University Challenge contestant, said: 'It was the most pain I have ever experienced.

'The skin was hanging off it like a banana peel, looking at my finger made me queasy.

'It was split up and you could see the bone. I was distraught and shaken and losing a lot of blood from the finger wound.'

He added: 'The people who did this might think it is a prank and will just cause a little bump or knock, but if you get up to speed you can seriously hurt yourself or other road users.

'There are other ways of having fun without putting people in serious danger.'

Joe got on his bike at 1am on Wednesday after finishing his night shift at Asda in Bideford, Devon.

Strangely, he had found a carrot wedged in his saddle but he continued to cycle towards his home more than a mile away.

It was not until he began cycling down a steep lane that he found his brakes were not working, by which time it was too late.

He attempted to ride down and around the corner but lost control due to the speed and hit the lamppost next to the wall of the church.

Joe added: 'I didn't know what to do, whether to bail out or try and ride the storm. This all happened in 30 seconds.'

He broke his wrist, peeled the flesh back from his middle finger, chipped a bone in his finger and hit his head.

It was not until he began cycling down a steep lane that he found his brakes were not working, by which time it was too late

It was not until he began cycling down a steep lane that he found his brakes were not working, by which time it was too late

Dazed, he managed to ring his mother and an ambulance arrived to take him to North Devon District Hospital, where he was given an X-Ray and some strong painkillers.

He was released later that day following surgery to his finger.

An expert, who examined the bike following the crash, confirmed the brakes had been disconnected.

Despite being a local councillor, Joe said he did not think he had been deliberately targetted.

He said: 'I am a Bideford town councillor - but I haven't done anything controversial yet. I think it was just random, untargeted.

'I want this to be a warning to other people, do check your brakes before you get on your bike, before you pick up speed, and wear helmets.'

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police asked witnesses to call 101.

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