West Yorkshire Police have issued a warning to cyclists to be vigilant after drawing pins were found scattered on a route used by bike commuters in Leeds.
An officer who patrols the north east of the city revealed on Twitter that he stopped to help a female cyclist who had punctured on the Meanwood Valley cycle path this morning – and subsequently realised that he, too, had picked up a drawing pin in his own tyre.
Anyone who commutes along the Meanwood valley cycle path - Beware - helped a cyclist out who had a drawing pin in her tyre there this morning. Now I find I have one in MY tyre, which I can only imagine I got from the same place - someone's idea of a joke, I think!1 pic.twitter.com/HEPzer675H
— 8486 Ali Mac (@WYP_8486AliMac) December 7, 2017
He subsequently added that a friend had picked up four drawing pins at the same location this morning.
Leeds Cycling campaign also tweeted about the drawing pins, saying that one of its members had picked up no fewer than 150 of them.
— LeedsCyclingCampaign (@LeedsCyclists) December 7, 2017
A huge thank you to Allan from all us cyclists
I hope he had a big magnet & didn't have to hand pick them all up?!
— PC Matt Guy (@PCMattGuy)
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