Police go door-to-door in hunt for New Forest sportive saboteurs
National Park and councillors condemn locals "taking the law into their own hands"
Police investigating Saturday’s sabotage attempt at the Wiggle New Forest Spring Sportive are carrying out door-to-door enquiries in their search for the culprit or culprits.
Nails were scattered on the event route where it passed through the village of Bransgore, causing punctures to 15 riders’ bikes, but no injuries, according to the Daily Echo’s Michael Carr.
A rider was reportedly injured last year after sharp objects were scattered on the route of the Wiggle New Forest Spring Sportive. The victim was a local man riding to work, not a sportive particpant, who broke his collarbone after crashing because of a puncture caused by a tack.
It seems police are taking the latest incident very seriously, attempting to trace the saboteurs via house-to-house enquiries.
Bransgore Parish Council chairman Richard Frampton said: “I know there’s been sensitivity over these events, partly because of the numbers, but there’s no excuse for anyone to take the law into their own hands.
“If there are genuine concerns they should go through the proper channels and be looked at in the correct way.”
Cllr Frampton said any genuine arguments against mass cycling events in the Forest were being undermined by people taking illegal action.
A New Forest National Park Authority (NPA) said: “There can be no justification for acts that may cause accident or injury.
“The event was closely monitored and while we’ve heard reports that the behaviour of a minority of cyclists was unsatisfactory, the large majority behaved well and followed the New Forest Cycling Code, which encourages responsible cycling.”