Barbed wire used to target off roaders

Salisbury Plain Off Road areas 2 (Faye Marsh)

Published by Ellie Harries at 5:44am 21st May 2018 (Updated 10:17am 7th June 2018)

The metal wire was hung up between trees and could have proved fatal had a motorcyclist hit it.

Barbed wire strung up between trees on Salisbury Plain 'could have proved fatal'.

That's according to police after they received reports of a number of strings of the metal wire in between trees close to the Bravo Crossing in Netheravon.

It is suspected that it was done deliberately to deter off-road motorcyclists after initial enquiries carried out by the MOD established it was not part of a military exercise.

EASILY MISSED

Barbed Wire Bravo Crossing Netheravon Wiltshire Police
The barbed wire is not easy to see from a distance

NOT THE FIRST TIME

PC Mark Jackson from the Rural Crime Team, said:

"The consequences of this act could have proved fatal had a motorcyclist collided with the barbed wire.

"This is not the first time such tactics have been used to try to target off roaders.

"The continued use by off-roaders in the woods, plantations and along tracks on Salisbury Plain is becoming a real cause for concern amongst other users of the plain, and while we appreciate this is causing tension, resorting to such methods is not acceptable and anyone caught placing items which may cause harm to other individuals can expect to be prosecuted accordingly.

"The majority of off-roaders respect Salisbury Plain and act lawfully within the Bylaws and Road Traffic Act.

"However, the small majority still continue to abuse the Plain and use areas which are not open to the public.

"I appeal to those individuals to stay out of the areas where public access is not granted.

"Stick to the public rights of way."

If anyone has any information in regards to the individuals who have placed this barbed wire in the woods, or any further items across the Plain which may cause harm to off-roaders, please call police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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