Worried bikers fear more booby traps
Reporter: ANDREW RUDKIN
Date online: 07 January 2013
LETHAL booby traps have been laid at a Saddleworth beauty spot used by cyclists.
Black cords tied between trees and unstable boulders placed in jump landing zones were discovered last week at the Chew Plantation, near Dovestone Reservoir, by a pssser-by.
Police and Oldham Mountain Rescue Team (OMRT) have warned walkers and bikers to take care in case there are more traps.
Mick Nield, team leader with OMRT, said the area is unofficially used by bikers for performing tricks.
“The bikers possibly should not be there, but this could kill someone.
“It looks like someone is frustrated with the bikers, but this is a stupid way of stopping them.”
Tim Mitchell, of Saddleworth Clarion Cycling Club, said: “This way of stopping a cyclist is simply dangerous.
“Bikes can get up to 40 to 50mph with not too much effort and this could decapitate someone.”
Anyone with information should call police on the non-emergency number, 101.
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