Fishing line across paths in country park could have injured child cyclists

The discovery was made by early morning visitors to Tehidy Country Park, near Camborne, Cornwall and the fishing line was removed before anyone was injured

The entrance to Tehidy Country Park. Photo: Colin Pyle - Creative Commons

Authorities in Cornwall are seeking information about an incident in which fishing line was tied across paths in a popular country park.

Early morning visitors to Tehidy Country Park found their way blocked by the nylon lines on Sunday, April 10 and reported the discovery to police and park authorities.

The fishing line was strung approxaimately 30cm from the ground so would have caused serious harm to any young cyclists.

CORMAC, the Cornwall council-owned company which is responsible for the park, is appealing for information.

Gavin Henderson, Senior Countryside Officer for CORMAC, told the Plymouth Herald: "It is hard to understand why anyone would do something like this and what their aim was other than to cause harm.

"Clearly we hope it is an isolated incident, but if you're planning a visit to Tehidy, particularly if it's first thing in the morning and you are with children riding bikes, please be vigilant.

"If you saw anything suspicious on Saturday night, or think you may know who is responsible, please get in touch with us or the police."

This follows a similar incident in Kent back in March when barbed wire was strung across a popular mountain biking trail at throat height.

Again, no one was injured but the potential was harm was huge.

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Jack Elton-Walters hails from the Isle of Wight, and would be quick to tell anyone that it's his favourite place to ride. He has covered a varied range of topics for Cycling Weekly, producing articles focusing on tech, professional racing and cycling culture. He moved on to work for Cyclist Magazine in 2017 where he stayed for four years until going freelance. He now returns to Cycling Weekly from time-to-time to cover racing, review cycling gear and write longer features for print and online.