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Monday 24 June 2019

Horror as barbed wire is spread across trail

Cyclist 'raging' after discovery at downs hill

The Greystones cyclist holds up the barbed wire which was strung across the path at Down’s Hill (photo:Facebook)
The Greystones cyclist holds up the barbed wire which was strung across the path at Down’s Hill (photo:Facebook)

Mary Fogarty

A cyclist narrowly avoided serious injury at Downs Hill recently after someone spread barbed wire across a trail.

'Absolutely raging at some evil b*****d who decided to booby trap some local mountain bike trails on Downs Hill (Willow Grove),' said the Greystones man on his Facebook page.

The local man who highlighted the Willow Grove barbed wire said that the track has been rendered dangerous on previous occasions.

'It started with a few sticks etc. and has escalated to a point where today I narrowly missed barbed wire strung across the track at neck height at a jump.'

This occurred on a Sunday, around a week-and-a-half ago. The mountain biking enthusiast has urged anyone who knows anything to contact gardaí. 'This person is going to really hurt someone,' he posted.

The Greystones-based cyclist spoke to cycling website Stickybottle earlier this week and explained that the Downs Hill track was not an official route for mountainbikers but that he and others regularly use it and that it would be known locally as a biking route.

Gardaí in Greystones said that no official report has been made to them. However, they would encourage people to contact them if they see anything of this nature.

Meanwhile, a set of pictures of someone seriously injured by barbed wire turned out to be from a story dating back to last November in the UK.

The photographs circulated on social media for around 24 hours with many mistakenly believing that the incident had occurred in Delgany.

The individual in question had suffered cuts to the face and neck while cycling a similar track in Guisborough Forest, near Middlesbrough in England.

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