CONCERNS have been raised after hundreds of tacks and nails were left on a busy Ribble Valley road.

A 33-year-old woman, who wished to remain anonymous, was walking along Mitton Road in Whalley at 6.45am on Thursday when she saw the tacks on the roadside near Witton Bridge.

Drivers have been reporting punctures and have told of spotting the tacks on the road for several weeks now.

She said: “It’s horrendous that it’s happening full stop.

"Whoever is doing it needs to stop.

“I saw a few whilst walking so picked them up then saw that actually there were loads.

"I walked on one side then the other, picked up roughly 200 between Calderstones and the bridge, then posted it on social media to let locals know.

“More people then went out and got a further 300 or so.

“It’s bad enough this has carried on this long, but in our current situation with COVID-19 this has put people at further risk of not being able to get to our local amenities due to flat tyres.

"We don’t have a large supermarket nearby and it also risks injury to animals as a lot of horses and dogs are walked in this area.”

Cllr Ged Mirfin, who represents the Whalley ward, is calling for the perpetrators to stop and the situation is ‘beyond a joke’.

He said: “This is ongoing and I have heard it is a dispute over parking.

“The amount of people that have been affected as it has caused damage to their cars and tyres is unreal.

“It has been escalating and you would think during times like this with the coronavirus that people would desist from doing it and the community should be together.

“This is just social vandalism and they should just stop it and see how much destruction it is causing.”

If you have any information about the incident then you should contact police on 101 and quote the log number of LC-20200319-0151.