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19:10  12 july  2019
19:10  12 july  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Cyclists in South Yorkshire and the Peak District are being targeted by people setting a variety of booby traps on trails including branches placed at head height and rocks being placed on a path to create an obstacle, as well as tacks scattered across a road.

A cyclist riding a mountain bike trail in Wales has told of how he discovered a plank of wood, hidden beneath soil, that had more than 100 nails embedded in “We have been using the path for years and on Monday night I was out in front. > Peak District cyclists repeatedly targeted by booby traps .

Rock and nails used in booby traps targeting Peak District cyclists © Other Rudimentary walls made out of rocks have been built to obstruct cyclists. Pic: Chris Davenport

Popular bike trails in the Peak District are being lined with dangerous hidden booby traps made up of rocks and nails.

Various obstacles have been found dotted along some of the routes winding through the area, including pins and other sharp objects being placed on the ground, and wires and branches being positioned at head-height.

With the national park especially popular at this time of year, and with the summer holiday period on the way, there are concerns that there could be serious consequences if the trend continues.

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Experienced local cyclist Chris Maloney, 37, told Sky News the "medieval" traps seemed designed to put people off cycling and enjoying the outdoors.

Rock and nails used in booby traps targeting Peak District cyclists © Getty

Mr Maloney runs the Keeper Of The Peak blog, which he set up to promote cycling and provide regular updates on trail conditions in the Peak District, and is alerted to the traps by his followers.

"We've had rocks placed across paths, branches pulled down and placed across paths, branches placed at head-height, drawing pins placed on the road, nails put down," he said.

"We've also had rocks placed across bridleways, like a rudimentary wall being built. One with spikes was buried and if someone trod on that it could cause them some serious pain. The head-height branches in low light could cause serious damage as well."

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Branches, piles of rocks and “medieval” snares made of nails driven into planks of wood have been found on routes in the Peak DistrictPAUL Police are investigating reports of “ booby traps ” placed on popular bike trails in the Peak District , with branches fixed at head height, wires strung above paths

A booby trap is a device or setup that is intended to kill, harm, or surprise a person or animal, unknowingly triggered by the presence or actions of the victim. As the word trap implies, they sometimes have some form of bait designed to lure the victim towards it.

Rock and nails used in booby traps targeting Peak District cyclists © Other Branches have been placed across the trails to block cyclists from getting through comfortably. Pic: Chris Davenport

Mr Maloney said he had been getting such reports for years, but that there had been a recent increase in the number of people sharing details and photos of the dangers they come across.

He said cycle paths having also been targeted in nearby Yorkshire villages like Bradwell, Bamford and Aston.

"There has been an increase in people using the outdoors, and a growth in the amount of people enjoying recreation in places like the Peak District, and some people don't like change," he said.

"Some don't like this increasing use of what they might see as their trails. It's really sad that it's happening."

Rock and nails used in booby traps targeting Peak District cyclists © Getty The Peak District is full of popular cycling trails. File pic

Police have assured cyclists that they are on the case.

South Yorkshire Police said: "Our officers are aware of reports of alleged trail sabotaging and take all reports of this nature very seriously.

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VIGILANTES have been accused of laying potentially lethal ‘ booby traps ’ across popular cycle trails. Branches have been cut down and fixed at head Cyclist Chris Maloney, 37, said: ‘I’ve seen photos of medieval-type spikes put outside of bends. What goes through people’s heads to do something so

The Protocol on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Mines, Booby - Traps and Other Devices is a United Nations treaty that restricts the use of land mines, remotely delivered mines, and booby traps . It is Protocol II to the 1980 Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.

"Trail sabotaging has the potential to cause serious injury, and we would encourage anyone who comes across evidence of this taking place to report it to the police on 101."

Rock and nails used in booby traps targeting Peak District cyclists © Other Sharp items have been used to form booby traps on cycling trails in the Peak District. Pic: Chris Davenport

The emergence of the booby traps comes after a report showing that 70% of cyclists in the UK are concerned about their safety while out on their bike in public.

The British Cycling report surveyed more than 15,000 people and resulted in calls for a new public mutual-respect campaign to protect cyclists.

Nick Chamberlain, policy manager at British Cycling, told Sky News at the time that cyclists felt "hostility" from other road users, and there are fears that attitude towards them has expanded.

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Rock and nails used in booby traps targeting Peak District cyclists
Rock and nails used in booby traps targeting Peak District cyclists
Rock and nails used in booby traps targeting Peak District cyclists
Rock and nails used in booby traps targeting Peak District cyclists
Rock and nails used in booby traps targeting Peak District cyclists
Rock and nails used in booby traps targeting Peak District cyclists
Rock and nails used in booby traps targeting Peak District cyclists
Rock and nails used in booby traps targeting Peak District cyclists
Rock and nails used in booby traps targeting Peak District cyclists
Rock and nails used in booby traps targeting Peak District cyclists
Rock and nails used in booby traps targeting Peak District cyclists
Rock and nails used in booby traps targeting Peak District cyclists
Rock and nails used in booby traps targeting Peak District cyclists
Rock and nails used in booby traps targeting Peak District cyclists
Rock and nails used in booby traps targeting Peak District cyclists
Rock and nails used in booby traps targeting Peak District cyclists
Rock and nails used in booby traps targeting Peak District cyclists
Rock and nails used in booby traps targeting Peak District cyclists
Rock and nails used in booby traps targeting Peak District cyclists
Rock and nails used in booby traps targeting Peak District cyclists
Rock and nails used in booby traps targeting Peak District cyclists
Rock and nails used in booby traps targeting Peak District cyclists
Rock and nails used in booby traps targeting Peak District cyclists
Rock and nails used in booby traps targeting Peak District cyclists
Rock and nails used in booby traps targeting Peak District cyclists
Rock and nails used in booby traps targeting Peak District cyclists
Rock and nails used in booby traps targeting Peak District cyclists
Rock and nails used in booby traps targeting Peak District cyclists
Rock and nails used in booby traps targeting Peak District cyclists
Rock and nails used in booby traps targeting Peak District cyclists
Rock and nails used in booby traps targeting Peak District cyclists

Mr Maloney said: "Do people feel there is not enough access for them? Or do they feel they don't have enough space to enjoy the Peak District in the way they'd like to?

"Advocacy groups like Peak District MTB are doing their utmost to build collaborative relationships. If we all work together, we can identify the cause of this."

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