A cyclist was left bloodied and injured after a trap set deliberately set up to trap entanglers ripping him on a forest trail during a lockdown of his bike.
47-year-old Neil Nunnerley rode a path in Cardiff, about a mile from his home in Radyr, shortly before 3pm on Saturday.
He hit a barrier made of wire and branches stretched across the path, injuring his mouth, face, and chest.
It comes just weeks after the National Police Chiefs Council warned that there would be a spike in vigilantes on those who visit beauty spots now that the coronavirus lock has been lit.
47-year-old Neil Nunnerley was bloody and bruised after a booby trap deliberately set up a trap to entrap riders to rip him off his bike on a forest trail in Wales
Mr. Nunnerley thinks he was traveling at ‘about 15 miles per hour’ at the time of the crash.
He said, “The trap had been placed over the track with woven branches fixed horizontally. It was only when I saw the branch that I realized it was a trap.
“One of the branches hit me and got stuck in my mouth, while the wire hit my chest and neck. I was pulled from my bike and fell back and hit my head on the floor. Fortunately, my helmet saved me.
As a motorcyclist, my first reaction was to check the bike. When I looked down, the blood started to flow from my mouth.
“Then the pain struck and I realized what had just happened.”
After calling his wife and sending her pictures of his injuries, Mr. Nunnerley drove home, washed his wounds, and sought medical attention.
“I was more than reluctant to go to the hospital for fear of the virus and the current situation we are in.
“My wife called the surgery outside office hours and sent her to the hospital. The hospital assured us that A&E is a safe zone and that I should attend it.
My injuries included bruising on my chest and neck and a swollen mouth with three stitches.
“Although my injuries are minor, this could have been much worse,” he added.
Mr. Nunnerley has been driving the area for over 30 years, but said he had never seen anything like it.
He reported the incident to the South Wales Police Department and went back on the spot on Saturday evening accompanied by an officer, but the trap had been removed.
He added, “It has been suggested that the person who set the trap may have been around and might even be watching.
Another trap was placed on a mountain bike route on Kilvey Hill, Swansea during a closure
“There are many hiking trails in this area and motorcyclists often don’t ride there.
“There have been reports of motorcycles riding in the forest, but again they often ride away from cyclists and hikers.
Many hikers complain about both bicycles and motorbikes riding in the forest, but both groups of riders have been doing this for many, many years.
“Because of what is happening in the world today, more and more people are walking to move than ever before.
“I dare say, but these people may not have visited this area before they were closed and are now shouting at the people who use this area for cycling.”
Mr. Nunnerley said he “recovered quickly” and had a quick ride on Monday.
He said he is’ not against walkers’ because he walks his dogs around on his own but added: ‘The frustrations are high right now and people just need to get along, we all need to release our energy and exercise get where and when we can. ‘
A South Wales police spokeswoman said: “The incident was reported to the police at around 5:00 pm on May 23.
Officers attended the scene with the cyclist and no wire was found on the trees or other nearby.
It is understandable that some time had passed between the incident and the report because the cyclist sought medical attention at Wales University Hospital, Cardiff.
“Anyone with information is requested to contact the South Wales Police Department.”
In Swansea, another obstacle was found over a path on Kilvey Hill when a thick branch was placed at chest height between two trees.
The track has been used by mountain bikers for decades and is a Natural Resources Wales approved course with clear signs and safety precautions.
However, it seems that not everyone is happy with the presence of cyclists on the hill, as incidents of trail sabotage during lockdown have increased, trail volunteer and former rider Scott Pullin said.
He said, “Such a block on the corner is quite dangerous, you could kill someone if they went fast.
“One of the boys went out early yesterday morning (May 24) and saw the log. He said it had crashed there so it was no accident.
“People need to be aware that you can go to jail for a long time if someone gets hurt or worse.
“It’s like cutting someone’s brake cables on their car, it’s damage with the intention of doing damage.”
Mr Pullin said damage had recently been done to the signs on the hill and he had reported this to the police, along with the fall found on Sunday.
Two weeks ago, another rider found branches in the landing area for a jump on the same path.
In West Yorkshire, a dangerous barbed wire ‘trap’ was spotted on a public footpath yesterday
“At some point, someone will be seriously injured. It could have been even worse, a man was lucky he didn’t miss them, ”added Mr. Pullin.
“We have people who say we shouldn’t be cycling because it could put pressure on the NHS, but we will always ride within our limits on known trails.
“Most people are careful, but people need to be more attentive when walking up the hill.
‘We sometimes let entire families walk on the cycle paths and we challenge them for their own safety.
“It doesn’t occur to them that they might be in the middle of the landing to jump.
“We don’t know who is doing this, but they are either unhappy walkers or just an unpalatable character.”
Earlier this month, more than 100 thumbtacks across a bike path – also popular with families and dog walkers – were found in Swansea.
The danger in Southowram, West Yorkshire, spanned a public footpath on Friday
The trails are maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers who ensure that the trail is clear and safe for riders and walkers.
In the photo of the latest event of ‘trail sabotage’ there is a wooden sign in the background with a clear ‘Araf – Slow’, warning the riders that the trail is about to cross the trail.
“It gets worse during lockdown. It’s not just here, it’s all over the country. In other areas, people have used barbed wire and stretched it across the path, “added Mr. Pullin.
A South Wales Police spokesman said, “I can confirm that damage to signs in the area has been reported to the South Wales Police.”
Lauren Fay was on her way through Elland Park Wood, in Southowram, Calderdale, when she noticed the danger. She took to social media to warn others
In West Yorkshire, a dangerous barbed wire ‘trap’ was spotted on a public footpath yesterday.
Lauren Fay was on her way through Elland Park Wood, in Southowram, Calderdale, when she noticed the danger.
She took to social media to encourage walkers, cyclists and runners to ‘be wary’ when she walked through the beauty parlor on Friday.
Ms Fay took to social media to share her frustration and wrote: “Came across this barbed wire this afternoon around 5:30 pm. From St Anne’s Church in Southowram to Binns Top Farm in Elland Park Woods.
Earlier this month, police chiefs warned that furious village guards could attack city-dwellers visiting beauty spots because the country lost the strict closure measures.
National Police and Crime Commissioners feared that locals would lash out at visitors while trying to protect their communities from the deadly bug, warning the National Police Chiefs Council of a second spike in vigilantes on homes and cars.
Julia Mulligan, president of the National Rural Crime Network, said she feared villagers would take their fear of the virus away from tourists.