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Riding into danger… booby traps on trail

Bump in the road: A branch and rocks piled on a Peak trail PICTURES: SWNS

VIGILANTES have been accused of laying potentially lethal ‘booby traps’ across popular cycle trails.

Branches have been cut down and fixed at head height and carpet tacks and walls of rocks built across cycle paths in and around the Peak District.

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 vicious?’

Warning: Cyclist blogger Chris Maloney

The dad-of-two, who writes the Keeper of the Peak blog, said paths in Bradwell, Bamford and Aston had been targeted.

He accepted a small number riders might go too fast, but added: ‘Whatever people’s gripes are, nothing justifies wanting to put safety at risk.’

South Yorkshire Police said it was ‘aware of alleged trail sabotaging’ and urged riders to report any evidence.