A WELLINGTON PCSO is warning against 'unnecessary' journeys after a cyclist was injured during a bike ride with friends.

Emergency services were called to Ford Street yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) after a man came off his bike.

The victim allegedly on a bike ride with two friends when he fell from his bike before hitting the bends ahead in the road.

Police were called to the scene when they found him lying in the road.

PCSO Steve Hill wrote about the incident on his police Facebook profile.

He said: "Police where the first on scene and found the casualty lying in the road.

"Police protected him by placing the police car in front of him to shield him from passing motorists.

"It transpired the cyclist was with two friends from Taunton who decided to go for a cycle ride, as their daily exercise.

"They where avid cyclists and thought this was ok. Although cycling can be part of your daily exercise is going for a 26 mile bike ride with friends necessary."

The man was taken to hospital, taking up 'valuable emergency service time', said PCSO Hill.

He added: "This cycle ride ended in tragedy, luckily the cyclist only suffered minor injuries but was taken the Musgrove Pak Hospital.

"This incident took up valuable emergency service time and could have been prevented by the cyclists staying at home as per Government regulations.

"Please think before going out, is the journey necessary."