BIKE VANDALS: Boy, 12, injured after falling off bike with loosened wheel; other vandalism recently reported


A 12-year-old boy that fell off a bike with a loose wheel caused by vandalism escaped serious injury – but likely only because the helmet absorbed the impact instead, according to police.

“It’s broken, so obviously it took the blow,” Police Chief Lt. Anders Haugerud told Svalbardposten, which first reported the story Wednesday.

It is the second such incident in recent days, the newspaper reported. A few days ago another boy’s bike was vandalized by somebody who pushed the rear gear sprocket into the wheel.

Haugerud said he is asking parents to discuss the incidents with their children to prevent further vandalism and accidents.