Two retired women addressed by police amid claims that they had blocked cycle paths with rocks and branches
Former city councilor and retired teacher, both 62, are called to police for claiming they had blocked a forest path with rocks and branches to stop cyclists
- Nathan Cartwright, 17, found his cycle path blocked by rocks and branches
- He saw two women nearby who admitted they had placed the obstructions
- They suggested that the teenager had broken lockdown rules and violated private property
- The uniformed police were dispatched to discuss the incident with the women
Police have spoken to two respectable retired women about claims of dangerous traps for cyclists in the woods.
Officers acted after mountain biker Nathan Cartwright, 17, blocked his path with rocks and branches, then saw two women openly admitting they put it there to stop cyclists.
The couple, former parish councilor Anna Hacket-Pain, and retired teacher Wendy McLachlan, both 62, suggested that the youngster break the rules of the lock by traveling to the beauty spot and violating private property.
He claimed that he lived only a mile away, that they had no more right to be there than he was, and that they should not have gone out together as residents of different households.
Nathan Wainwright said above that he was shocked to see two respectable older women working so hard to stop him and his bike
He later posted a video of the incident to social media, and his father Adam, a construction engineer, spoke out in defense.
Police intervened and sent uniformed officers to speak to the two women.
Police warned that it was dangerous to place obstacles that could injure cyclists or damage their bicycles.
The incident, which took place on Sunday, is amid mounting tension over beauty point visits during the closing.
It is alleged that Anna Hackett-Pain (top left) and Wendy McLachlan (top right) wanted to know where Nathan came from, told him he was off limits and suggested that he might end up in prison
Locals in the Lake District and Cornwall are among those who have tried to deter visitors.
Nathan, who lives in Leyburn, North Yorkshire, with his father and NHS nurse mother Jennifer, both 38, said last night he was shocked to find two respectable older women working so hard to stop him and his bike.
The incident happened in forests on the Bolton estate in Preston-under-Scar near Leyburn.
Nathan’s camera images show a branch obstructing the path. North Yorkshire police intervened and sent uniformed officers to speak to the two women who had set up the branch
His head-mounted camera caught him cycling to the branches blocking his path – having previously encountered similar obstacles – and asked the women nearby to stop him there.
The women replied, “Yes, we did.” They demanded to know where he came from, told him he was on trespassing grounds, and suggested he end up in prison.
Nathan said, “I remained calm to resolve the situation. I was surprised to see who it was, I assumed it would be someone younger judging by the weight of some rocks and branches. ‘
He said he had informal permission to cycle there. His father said the obstacles had been placed in hard-to-see places and claimed that the women could have caused a serious accident.
Cartwright said, “They set traps to harm mountain bikers.”
Ms. Hacket-Pain confirmed that she had spoken to the police and said the matter “is being handled through the appropriate channels.”
She declined to discuss the “traps,” saying, “Wendy and I happened to meet in the woods that day – we were socially distant.”
When asked about the incident, Ms. McLachlan said, “I don’t think I want to say anything about that, thank you.”
North Yorkshire police said they had been contacted about obstacles on a trail popular with walkers and cyclists. It was believed that these items could cause injury or damage to bicycles. “