Police warn riders to be vigilant after riders puncture due to suspected act of sabotage

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.

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.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.