Mountain bikers hit by 'nail trap' on Darwen Moors

The nail trap discovered on Darwen Moors.

The nail trap discovered on Darwen Moors.

First published in Crime news Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Health reporter

CONCERNS have been raised after a hidden rusty ‘nail trap’ was found at a popular cycling area.

Peter Riley, 48, of Chorley, was cycling on Darwen Moors when his friend picked up a puncture in both his front and rear tyres.

After inspecting the area, at grid reference 678209, he found a plank of wood buried in the mud, with a row of one-inch nails sticking up.

Mr Riley said: “The week before I’d been cycling on my own in the same area and I got a puncture, so I stopped, fixed it, and thought no more about it.

“Then, on Wednesday night, my friend got double punctures in more or less the same place, and I thought it was odd.

“I went looking around, and I found a plank of wood with a double row of nails sticking out. I was horrifed and believe that, without a doubt, it was put there to deter mountain bikers.

“The thing is though, that mountain bikes will be least affected by this.

“A punctured tyre is a minor inconvenience compared to a nail going through someone’s foot, or a horse, or dog, being injured.

“I regularly come up on the moors with my six-year-old boy and it’s scary to think that he could have gone jumping into the mud and hit that.”

Mr Riley removed the plank and tried to find a countryside ranger to tell about the incident. He is keen that other moor users should be careful.

Coun Jean Rigby said she was ‘horrified’.

She said: “It just makes you wonder how many more there are.

“What kind of sick people can do this sort of thing, knowing that people can get hurt?

“It’s just mindless and I can’t see what benefit, or pleasure, anyone can get in leaving a trap full of nails somewhere so people, or animals, can get hurt.

“I would urge people to be careful and contact the police immediately if they see one of these items.”

The land belongs to Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, and is maintained for it by Capita.

Nobody from either organisation was available for a comment when approached by the Lancashire Telegraph.

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12:05pm Mon 16 Apr 12

Chuck-Norris says...

Probably brassed off with cyclists on the footpath....
Probably brassed off with cyclists on the footpath.... Chuck-Norris
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12:05pm Mon 16 Apr 12

happycyclist says...

This has happened before, in Roddlesworth Woods some years ago.
Idiotic.
This has happened before, in Roddlesworth Woods some years ago. Idiotic. happycyclist
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12:11pm Mon 16 Apr 12

happycyclist says...

Chuck-Norris wrote:
Probably brassed off with cyclists on the footpath....
What, and that excuses it?
[quote][p][bold]Chuck-Norris[/bold] wrote: Probably brassed off with cyclists on the footpath....[/p][/quote]What, and that excuses it? happycyclist
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12:14pm Mon 16 Apr 12

Chuck-Norris says...

No ... because its criminal damage and thats well out of order.... just saying that as a user of said moors I have heard more than a few walkers complain about cyclists on the FOOTpaths ...
No ... because its criminal damage and thats well out of order.... just saying that as a user of said moors I have heard more than a few walkers complain about cyclists on the FOOTpaths ... Chuck-Norris
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12:25pm Mon 16 Apr 12

happycyclist says...

Get a grip, it's the bloody moors, not Blackburn shopping centre. There's plenty of room up there for everyone.
Get a grip, it's the bloody moors, not Blackburn shopping centre. There's plenty of room up there for everyone. happycyclist
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12:38pm Mon 16 Apr 12

louderfasterlonger says...

You're right, nothing excuses this behaviour, but as I've said before footpaths for feet, bridleways for cycles.
You're right, nothing excuses this behaviour, but as I've said before footpaths for feet, bridleways for cycles. louderfasterlonger
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12:45pm Mon 16 Apr 12

Keep Darwen Green says...

Looks like Steve Keanochio with a few nails through him, if only.
Looks like Steve Keanochio with a few nails through him, if only. Keep Darwen Green
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12:49pm Mon 16 Apr 12

Keep Darwen Green says...

Oh and another thing Mr telegraph editor. I know what a short plank with nails in looks like, and I think I could point out a bike wheel also, so no pic required on this one.
Oh and another thing Mr telegraph editor. I know what a short plank with nails in looks like, and I think I could point out a bike wheel also, so no pic required on this one. Keep Darwen Green
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1:21pm Mon 16 Apr 12

woolywords says...

Surely, if cycles were not allowed to use this route, barriers would be erected and appropriate signage in place?

Whether it is named footpath/bridleway/t
owpath is wholly irrelevant, as long as it is a right of way to any users, the point is that someone has wilfully placed an object, with intent to do harm, in the ground.

Of course, pedants would confine mountain bikes to a few places in either Wales or Scotland that have heights over 1000 metres and thus allow normal cycles free range.
This does not include that fella with the hand-cranked tricycle that is regularily seen on the tops of Lake District hills following the ancient High Street.
(National Parks authorities let it go, as it had 3 wheels and wasn't a bicycle, didn't have a motor and wasn't classed a wheelchair..decision still pending from around 1974.)
Surely, if cycles were not allowed to use this route, barriers would be erected and appropriate signage in place? Whether it is named footpath/bridleway/t owpath is wholly irrelevant, as long as it is a right of way to any users, the point is that someone has wilfully placed an object, with intent to do harm, in the ground. Of course, pedants would confine mountain bikes to a few places in either Wales or Scotland that have heights over 1000 metres and thus allow normal cycles free range. This does not include that fella with the hand-cranked tricycle that is regularily seen on the tops of Lake District hills following the ancient High Street. (National Parks authorities let it go, as it had 3 wheels and wasn't a bicycle, didn't have a motor and wasn't classed a wheelchair..decision still pending from around 1974.) woolywords
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1:48pm Mon 16 Apr 12

louderfasterlonger says...

happycyclist wrote:
louderfasterlonger wrote:
You're right, nothing excuses this behaviour, but as I've said before footpaths for feet, bridleways for cycles.
The whole footpath/bridleway/B

OAT/permissible path thing needs reviewing in England and Wales. Scotland have it right. We're stuck with archaic laws that have little relevance in the 21st Century. Many footpaths are perfectly OK to mountain-bike on and many bridleways are impossible to ride on.
What about all cycle tracks that people walk on with their dogs and p*ss cyclists off? It works both ways and the solution is for everyone to show a bit more respect for other users; it's not difficult. Getting worked up about a bunch of yob mountain-bikers who haven't slowed down and nearly knocked you over is one thing, but getting worked up about the odd considerate mountain-biker BECAUSE they're technically on a footpath is childish. Irresponsible cyclists will p*ss walkers off whether it's a footpath, cycle path or a bridleway. The status of the path is largely irrelevant.

And it's not that clear what are footpaths and what are bridleways/permitted bridleways up there. If you go off the OS map, the only bridleway anywhere near the moors is the one from The Sunnyhurst to The Royal at Tockholes via Stepback, but the West Pennine Moors Bridleway Strategy from LCC shows many more access routes on tracks that are perfectly suited to bikes and horses. It's a ridiculous and confusing situation that helps create animosity between users when everyone is just out for a nice time.
Access should be based on impact and practicalities, not daft green dots and dashes on a map.
Wow (un) happy, the laws regarding this subject are only 31 years old... it's not as if we are talking the 13th century law that states "you cannot eat a turnip that resembles the king's head" here.
Personally, I don't much care what sort of path cyclists use, but where do we draw the line, because i'd love to take my quad bike up there.
I know I'm being a little pedantic, but the LT has only today highlighted the state of the footpaths in Sunnyhurst Woods which are regularly used by cyclists.
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]louderfasterlonger[/bold] wrote: You're right, nothing excuses this behaviour, but as I've said before footpaths for feet, bridleways for cycles.[/p][/quote]The whole footpath/bridleway/B OAT/permissible path thing needs reviewing in England and Wales. Scotland have it right. We're stuck with archaic laws that have little relevance in the 21st Century. Many footpaths are perfectly OK to mountain-bike on and many bridleways are impossible to ride on. What about all cycle tracks that people walk on with their dogs and p*ss cyclists off? It works both ways and the solution is for everyone to show a bit more respect for other users; it's not difficult. Getting worked up about a bunch of yob mountain-bikers who haven't slowed down and nearly knocked you over is one thing, but getting worked up about the odd considerate mountain-biker BECAUSE they're technically on a footpath is childish. Irresponsible cyclists will p*ss walkers off whether it's a footpath, cycle path or a bridleway. The status of the path is largely irrelevant. And it's not that clear what are footpaths and what are bridleways/permitted bridleways up there. If you go off the OS map, the only bridleway anywhere near the moors is the one from The Sunnyhurst to The Royal at Tockholes via Stepback, but the West Pennine Moors Bridleway Strategy from LCC shows many more access routes on tracks that are perfectly suited to bikes and horses. It's a ridiculous and confusing situation that helps create animosity between users when everyone is just out for a nice time. Access should be based on impact and practicalities, not daft green dots and dashes on a map.[/p][/quote]Wow (un) happy, the laws regarding this subject are only 31 years old... it's not as if we are talking the 13th century law that states "you cannot eat a turnip that resembles the king's head" here. Personally, I don't much care what sort of path cyclists use, but where do we draw the line, because i'd love to take my quad bike up there. I know I'm being a little pedantic, but the LT has only today highlighted the state of the footpaths in Sunnyhurst Woods which are regularly used by cyclists. louderfasterlonger
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1:52pm Mon 16 Apr 12

sean_brfc says...

Don't know if he was the man in the article, but I passed a cyclist with a double puncture a few weeks ago and thought it was odd. I now know why.

If cyclists were not allowed on the footpaths Darwen Moors would not be the excellent place it is to go mountain biking. At the moment it really is top-class. But if walkers really want to prevent East Lancs from becoming a hub for cycling - as has recently been suggested - then selfish ones like these will probably prevail.
Don't know if he was the man in the article, but I passed a cyclist with a double puncture a few weeks ago and thought it was odd. I now know why. If cyclists were not allowed on the footpaths Darwen Moors would not be the excellent place it is to go mountain biking. At the moment it really is top-class. But if walkers really want to prevent East Lancs from becoming a hub for cycling - as has recently been suggested - then selfish ones like these will probably prevail. sean_brfc
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3:10pm Mon 16 Apr 12

happycyclist says...

@Louderfasterlonger: Notice how my offensive comment that you quoted has been removed? I think the editor has a real problem with every comment I make on news stories and made it his personal mission to remove them all. So keep quoting me or your posts will look like you're talking to yourself as he removes mine.

What do you mean by the laws regarding this are only 31 years old?

We draw the line at motorised vehicles.

The Sunnyhurst Woods story doesn't mention cyclists. That story is about poor maintenance.
@Louderfasterlonger: Notice how my offensive comment that you quoted has been removed? I think the editor has a real problem with every comment I make on news stories and made it his personal mission to remove them all. So keep quoting me or your posts will look like you're talking to yourself as he removes mine. What do you mean by the laws regarding this are only 31 years old? We draw the line at motorised vehicles. The Sunnyhurst Woods story doesn't mention cyclists. That story is about poor maintenance. happycyclist
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3:30pm Mon 16 Apr 12

JayEss says...

This is just mindless. It doesn't just target bikes it could affect anyone or anything on the moors.
It's mindless pain and suffering which has clearly been planned. It's not a 'spur of the moment' thing.
This is just mindless. It doesn't just target bikes it could affect anyone or anything on the moors. It's mindless pain and suffering which has clearly been planned. It's not a 'spur of the moment' thing. JayEss
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3:41pm Mon 16 Apr 12

Redbike says...

Haven't actually been on Darwen Moor, however lots of the moors in our area (where I do MTB) have poorly marked signs. Quite often find a Bridleway turns into a footpath and I'm left with no alternative than to incur the wrath of the walking supremacy.

Another scenario - tend to go "off piste" quite a bit and again the only way back to civilisation can be a "footpath."

As HappyC has pointed out "there's enough room up there for everyone".
Haven't actually been on Darwen Moor, however lots of the moors in our area (where I do MTB) have poorly marked signs. Quite often find a Bridleway turns into a footpath and I'm left with no alternative than to incur the wrath of the walking supremacy. Another scenario - tend to go "off piste" quite a bit and again the only way back to civilisation can be a "footpath." As HappyC has pointed out "there's enough room up there for everyone". Redbike
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3:47pm Mon 16 Apr 12

louderfasterlonger says...

happycyclist wrote:
@Louderfasterlonger: Notice how my offensive comment that you quoted has been removed? I think the editor has a real problem with every comment I make on news stories and made it his personal mission to remove them all. So keep quoting me or your posts will look like you're talking to yourself as he removes mine.

What do you mean by the laws regarding this are only 31 years old?

We draw the line at motorised vehicles.

The Sunnyhurst Woods story doesn't mention cyclists. That story is about poor maintenance.
Didn't really notice offensive comment Happy..... I refer to Wildlife and Countryside act 1981 as amended, then amended, then amended again.

The Sunnyhurst Woods story does not mention bikes but, by your own admission back in march you ignore the ban and ride your bike through the woods anyway.
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: @Louderfasterlonger: Notice how my offensive comment that you quoted has been removed? I think the editor has a real problem with every comment I make on news stories and made it his personal mission to remove them all. So keep quoting me or your posts will look like you're talking to yourself as he removes mine. What do you mean by the laws regarding this are only 31 years old? We draw the line at motorised vehicles. The Sunnyhurst Woods story doesn't mention cyclists. That story is about poor maintenance.[/p][/quote]Didn't really notice offensive comment Happy..... I refer to Wildlife and Countryside act 1981 as amended, then amended, then amended again. The Sunnyhurst Woods story does not mention bikes but, by your own admission back in march you ignore the ban and ride your bike through the woods anyway. louderfasterlonger
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4:45pm Mon 16 Apr 12

burner says...

I think you have a strong point re you and the LT editor, happyc. They REALLY don't like it when shoddy work is highlighted by a more educated human - not hard to find one who is superior to the LT infants.
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Message timed at 4:45. Bets taken on how long it lasts !!!
I think you have a strong point re you and the LT editor, happyc. They REALLY don't like it when shoddy work is highlighted by a more educated human - not hard to find one who is superior to the LT infants. . Message timed at 4:45. Bets taken on how long it lasts !!! burner
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5:52pm Mon 16 Apr 12

Malthus says...

Generally adult cyclists are fine, polite and courteous when I have encountered them on footpaths. However, horse riders are a different story, they try to ride right through you, force you off the path and regard you with total disdain. The seem to forget that walkers have right of way.
Generally adult cyclists are fine, polite and courteous when I have encountered them on footpaths. However, horse riders are a different story, they try to ride right through you, force you off the path and regard you with total disdain. The seem to forget that walkers have right of way. Malthus
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6:22pm Mon 16 Apr 12

nathanspeak says...

most of the paths leading to the tower are not actually footpaths they are actually bridleways, so the people who are complaining need to learn to use a map preferably ordinance survey and they will see they are bridleways, and that Bikes, horses can safely use bridleways, also cyclists are allowed to use footpaths but footpaths are not always safe to use, and the cyclist is liable for any injuries they have on a footpath.
most of the paths leading to the tower are not actually footpaths they are actually bridleways, so the people who are complaining need to learn to use a map preferably ordinance survey and they will see they are bridleways, and that Bikes, horses can safely use bridleways, also cyclists are allowed to use footpaths but footpaths are not always safe to use, and the cyclist is liable for any injuries they have on a footpath. nathanspeak
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8:28pm Mon 16 Apr 12

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

Keep Darwen Green wrote:
Oh and another thing Mr telegraph editor. I know what a short plank with nails in looks like, and I think I could point out a bike wheel also, so no pic required on this one.
I must disagree, I would have never known how to make a nail trap now I'm in full production and hopefully I can get a better picture for the LT with hundreds of punctured wheels for next week :)
[quote][p][bold]Keep Darwen Green[/bold] wrote: Oh and another thing Mr telegraph editor. I know what a short plank with nails in looks like, and I think I could point out a bike wheel also, so no pic required on this one.[/p][/quote]I must disagree, I would have never known how to make a nail trap now I'm in full production and hopefully I can get a better picture for the LT with hundreds of punctured wheels for next week :) Michael@ClitheroeSince58
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9:35pm Mon 16 Apr 12

Tizziep says...

Some Very Nasty comments about cyclist!! I always used to MTB or walk round there -Until a fell runner last mth ended up with those nails through their foot! Hence now give the place a miss /. This area is for everyone to enjoy so stop snipping about cyclist & get the culprits caught... & stop being bitter & twisted
Some Very Nasty comments about cyclist!! I always used to MTB or walk round there -Until a fell runner last mth ended up with those nails through their foot! Hence now give the place a miss /. This area is for everyone to enjoy so stop snipping about cyclist & get the culprits caught... & stop being bitter & twisted Tizziep
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11:52pm Mon 16 Apr 12

Smee Again says...

Keep Darwen Green wrote:
Oh and another thing Mr telegraph editor. I know what a short plank with nails in looks like, and I think I could point out a bike wheel also, so no pic required on this one.
But someone might recognise the piece of wood or the nails in it.................i
f you recognise this piece of wood or the nails please report it to your local.....
[quote][p][bold]Keep Darwen Green[/bold] wrote: Oh and another thing Mr telegraph editor. I know what a short plank with nails in looks like, and I think I could point out a bike wheel also, so no pic required on this one.[/p][/quote]But someone might recognise the piece of wood or the nails in it.................i f you recognise this piece of wood or the nails please report it to your local..... Smee Again
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10:22am Tue 17 Apr 12

CapitaBackHander says...

Again only read first few comments but would like to correct ignorance or what you're wrongly trying to imply.
Cyclists ie mtb are allowed on the moors and are actively encouraged to by BWDC. It is technically open land but actually bridalways re west pennine route and plan. Only the complex legals stop the signs. No one would get spoken to for riding on any of the moors. Roddsworth which is owned by united utils is different but if no damage caused then nothing will ever happen.
Walkers with dogs however have no right what so ever to think they can let their dog foul anywhere without picking it up.
I always slow (if I have managed to some how buildup speed haha) and say hi and never have any issue in 99% of cases. I have been walking with daughter when cyclists flyby and that is just wrong if we are not stood to the side!
Again only read first few comments but would like to correct ignorance or what you're wrongly trying to imply. Cyclists ie mtb are allowed on the moors and are actively encouraged to by BWDC. It is technically open land but actually bridalways re west pennine route and plan. Only the complex legals stop the signs. No one would get spoken to for riding on any of the moors. Roddsworth which is owned by united utils is different but if no damage caused then nothing will ever happen. Walkers with dogs however have no right what so ever to think they can let their dog foul anywhere without picking it up. I always slow (if I have managed to some how buildup speed haha) and say hi and never have any issue in 99% of cases. I have been walking with daughter when cyclists flyby and that is just wrong if we are not stood to the side! CapitaBackHander
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5:13pm Tue 17 Apr 12

jo normal says...

this happened to me and my son about 10 years ago and made the E/T then ...this idiot needs prosecuting ...he /she obviously does not realise walkers use bridleways as well ..some one is going to get seriously hurt
this happened to me and my son about 10 years ago and made the E/T then ...this idiot needs prosecuting ...he /she obviously does not realise walkers use bridleways as well ..some one is going to get seriously hurt jo normal
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6:37pm Tue 17 Apr 12

Keep Darwen Green says...

Smee Again wrote:
Keep Darwen Green wrote:
Oh and another thing Mr telegraph editor. I know what a short plank with nails in looks like, and I think I could point out a bike wheel also, so no pic required on this one.
But someone might recognise the piece of wood or the nails in it.................i

f you recognise this piece of wood or the nails please report it to your local.....
I recognise it, its the coffin lid on Rovers premier league status.
[quote][p][bold]Smee Again[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Keep Darwen Green[/bold] wrote: Oh and another thing Mr telegraph editor. I know what a short plank with nails in looks like, and I think I could point out a bike wheel also, so no pic required on this one.[/p][/quote]But someone might recognise the piece of wood or the nails in it.................i f you recognise this piece of wood or the nails please report it to your local.....[/p][/quote]I recognise it, its the coffin lid on Rovers premier league status. Keep Darwen Green
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9:10pm Tue 17 Apr 12

devo12 says...

Chuck-Norris wrote:
Probably brassed off with cyclists on the footpath....
ban the walkers cos they scare away the birds and that's unfair on the ornithologists (birdy watchers) go walk round Darwen town centre instead.
[quote][p][bold]Chuck-Norris[/bold] wrote: Probably brassed off with cyclists on the footpath....[/p][/quote]ban the walkers cos they scare away the birds and that's unfair on the ornithologists (birdy watchers) go walk round Darwen town centre instead. devo12
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