Police in Gloucestershire have warned cyclists using a trail at a National Trust property near Stroud to be vigilant after tripwires and pieces of wood studded with nails were found. Gloucestershire Constabulary have now told road.cc they are "working to identify" a person who posted a photo of a woman on social media who was accused of laying them.
It is the second time this summer that traps have been discovered at Randwick Woods, with police warning in July that they had discovered similar devices, as well as drinks cans that had been cut open and holes dug into the ground then covered with foliage.
In a statement issued on Saturday, Gloucestershire Constabulary said: “We're asking those using Randwick Woods this bank holiday weekend to please be vigilant following reports of traps being left.
“A member of the public reported finding nails placed in pieces of wood and trip wires along the cycle track while in the area yesterday.
“Officers attended and could not find any traps, however, they could reappear.
“This is dangerous and not just to cyclists, but to walkers, children and animals.
“We are asking anyone who has seen suspicious activity in the wood or witnessed this taking place to please contact the Stroud Neighbourhood Team.”
According to one local Facebook group in the Stroud area, both the July incident and the latest traps that have been found are believed by some local cyclists to be the work of the same individual, although others commenting on the thread have come to the defence of the person in question.
Since this article was first published, Gloucestershire Constabulary have told road.cc:
Police in Stroud are investigating following a number of reports of traps being set up on the cycle paths in Randwick Woods over recent months.
Members of the public have reported finding a number of hazards within the woods including wooden sticks placed in the ground, nails placed in pieces of wood and trip wires.
A number of people have shared posts on social media stating that a woman may have been responsible and officers are now working to identify the person who posted the original picture so that they can be spoken to about what they saw. This will allow officers to establish who was involved.
While setting traps for cyclists on trails or off-road cycle routes is sadly nothing new, there did appear to be a rise in the number of cases reported in the press across the country last year and particularly during the initial lockdown when going out for a walk, a run or a bike ride were among the limited reasons permitted for leaving the house.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.