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Wires strung across cycle trail in country park near New Forest – for second time in three years

Rangers at Moors Valley Country Park warn riders to be vigilant and say that criminal behaviour will be reported to the police

A cyclist riding with his family fell off his bike and hit his head on a rock after wires were strung across a cycle trail in a country park near the New Forest, exactly three years after we reported on a similar incident at the same location.

Rangers at Dorset’s Moors Valley Country Park, which lies close to Ringwood and the western edge of the New Forest National Park, have asked cyclists to notify them of any obstructions they find on cycle routes there and have said they will notify the police of any such incidents.

A warning about the path being sabotaged by people putting wire across it, as well as placing logs and other obstructions, was posted on the Facebook page of Café Velo in Ringwood, with the message saying that the cyclist’s helmet absorbed the brunt of the impact.

Moors Valley Country Park ranger Katie Davies told the Bournemouth Echo: "We have had an unconfirmed report of an incident, via social media, of an obstruction on our bike trails which caused injury to a rider.

"We're trying to establish the facts so we can investigate fully, but to date no report has been made to us directly.

"We would like to reassure visitors that our trails are checked daily by rangers and we take such reports seriously."

She said that people seeing "something untoward" on the trails should notify the visitor centre, or call 0300 067 6400 out of hours, and that they should "note the location and take a photograph if possible.

"With more than 30 miles of trails, establishing an exact location as quickly as possible is really helpful," she added.

"Any criminal activity will be reported to the police."

In May 2015, a cyclist was hurt when fishing wire was strung across a bike trail at the same country park, which is a popular cycling destination for families due to its network of off-road cycle paths.

> Cyclist hurt as fishing line stretched across country park bike path near New Forest

Following that incident, members of Whitchurch, Hampshire-based Test Valley Cycling Club raised funds for a reward to try and track down those responsible.

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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Yorkshire wallet | 5 years ago
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Knife guy didn't look very pro Israeli to me though.

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Hirsute | 5 years ago
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hawkinspeter replied to Hirsute | 5 years ago
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hirsute wrote:

Legs11 finally identified !!!

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/shocking-moment-furious-cyclist-pu...

Is it wrong that I found that article funny?

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Hirsute replied to hawkinspeter | 5 years ago
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hawkinspeter wrote:

Is it wrong that I found that article funny?

I laughed too. I think it is a mixture of  "Zombie Knife" and the grainy image which seems so absurd that it feels like a parody of one or 2 people on here !

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Yorkshire wallet | 5 years ago
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Legs11 is ascending to pro-level trolling. It's a subtle mix of moral-highground, calls for outrageous action and a certain je ne sais quoi of insanity.

DEATH TO ANTI-SEMITIC CAR DRIVERS WHO STRING UP WIRES IN THE FOREST!

 

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CygnusX1 | 5 years ago
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Let's all vent our spleen in the lyrics of Twisted Sister...

Oh we're not gonna take it
No, we ain't gonna take it
Oh we're not gonna take it anymore

We've got the right to choose it
There ain't no way we'll lost it
This is our life, this is our song

We'll fight the powers that be just
Don't pick our destiny 'cause
You don't know us, you don't belong

Oh we're not gonna take it
No, we ain't gonna take it
Oh we're not gonna take it anymore
 

\m/ 

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Legs_Eleven_Wor... | 5 years ago
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A paving stone should now be dropped off of a motorway bridge, onto a car below.

Any bridge, any car.

Makes no difference.

And the same - every single time that a wire is strung across a path, or tacks are placed on a cycle path.  

No more asking nicely.

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hawkinspeter replied to Legs_Eleven_Worcester | 5 years ago
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Legs_Eleven_Worcester wrote:

A paving stone should now be dropped off of a motorway bridge, onto a car below.

Any bridge, any car.

Makes no difference.

And the same - every single time that a wire is strung across a path, or tacks are placed on a cycle path.  

No more asking nicely.

I'm not convinced that that would be the most sane response, but I appreciate your enthusiasm.

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Legs_Eleven_Wor... replied to hawkinspeter | 5 years ago
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hawkinspeter wrote:
Legs_Eleven_Worcester wrote:

A paving stone should now be dropped off of a motorway bridge, onto a car below.

Any bridge, any car.

Makes no difference.

And the same - every single time that a wire is strung across a path, or tacks are placed on a cycle path.  

No more asking nicely.

I'm not convinced that that would be the most sane response, but I appreciate your enthusiasm.

F**k sanity, I'm not going to be their f*****g punchbag anymore.

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bigblue replied to Legs_Eleven_Worcester | 5 years ago
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Legs_Eleven_Worcester wrote:

A paving stone should now be dropped off of a motorway bridge, onto a car below.

Any bridge, any car.

Eh, think you may be somewhat confused. People who are trying to decapitate you on cycle paths are not equivalent to car drivers. Some car drivers like cyclists, most indifferent, some dislike, but wouldn't try to remove your head. The decapitators may drive a car, but this isn't the indication of idiocy. The attempt to inflict serious harm to someone riding along innocently is.

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madcarew replied to bigblue | 5 years ago
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bigblue wrote:
Legs_Eleven_Worcester wrote:

A paving stone should now be dropped off of a motorway bridge, onto a car below.

Any bridge, any car.

Eh, think you may be somewhat confused. People who are trying to decapitate you on cycle paths are not equivalent to car drivers. Some car drivers like cyclists, most indifferent, some dislike, but wouldn't try to remove your head. The decapitators may drive a car, but this isn't the indication of idiocy. The attempt to inflict serious harm to someone riding along innocently is.

And some cyclists even drive cars. Imagine!
The terminal idiocy of Legs-eleven is that there's no evidence at all that a car driver is responsible for this. What a fuck-nugget. He has the intelligence of a punching bag so probably deserves to be one.

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Legs_Eleven_Wor... replied to madcarew | 5 years ago
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madcarew wrote:
bigblue wrote:
Legs_Eleven_Worcester wrote:

A paving stone should now be dropped off of a motorway bridge, onto a car below.

Any bridge, any car.

Eh, think you may be somewhat confused. People who are trying to decapitate you on cycle paths are not equivalent to car drivers. Some car drivers like cyclists, most indifferent, some dislike, but wouldn't try to remove your head. The decapitators may drive a car, but this isn't the indication of idiocy. The attempt to inflict serious harm to someone riding along innocently is.

And some cyclists even drive cars. Imagine! The terminal idiocy of Legs-eleven is that there's no evidence at all that a car driver is responsible for this. What a fuck-nugget. He has the intelligence of a punching bag so probably deserves to be one.

OMG, you're still sore from that drubbing!   

*chuckle* 

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hawkinspeter replied to Legs_Eleven_Worcester | 5 years ago
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Legs_Eleven_Worcester wrote:
hawkinspeter wrote:
Legs_Eleven_Worcester wrote:

A paving stone should now be dropped off of a motorway bridge, onto a car below.

Any bridge, any car.

Makes no difference.

And the same - every single time that a wire is strung across a path, or tacks are placed on a cycle path.  

No more asking nicely.

I'm not convinced that that would be the most sane response, but I appreciate your enthusiasm.

F**k sanity, I'm not going to be their f*****g punchbag anymore.

I want you to get up right now. Sit up. Go to your windows. Open them and stick your head out and yell - 'I'm as mad as hell and I'm not gonna take this anymore!' Things have got to change. But first, you've gotta get mad!...You've got to say, I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!

(But thanks for self-censoring your bad words - that shows that you're not too fucked up)

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Chris Hayes replied to Legs_Eleven_Worcester | 5 years ago
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Legs_Eleven_Worcester wrote:

A paving stone should now be dropped off of a motorway bridge, onto a car below.

Any bridge, any car.

I wonder, if you had - or chose - to post under your own name would you still write this sort of stuff? 

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Legs_Eleven_Wor... replied to Chris Hayes | 5 years ago
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Chris Hayes wrote:
Legs_Eleven_Worcester wrote:

A paving stone should now be dropped off of a motorway bridge, onto a car below.

Any bridge, any car.

I wonder, if you had - or chose - to post under your own name would you still write this sort of stuff? 

Of course not, you fucknugget.  How is that relevant?  You think using anonymity is some sort of 'admission' that my views are not legitimate?  

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stomec replied to Legs_Eleven_Worcester | 5 years ago
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Legs_Eleven_Worcester wrote:

A paving stone should now be dropped off of a motorway bridge, onto a car below.

Any bridge, any car.

Makes no difference.

And the same - every single time that a wire is strung across a path, or tacks are placed on a cycle path.  

No more asking nicely.

I think someone’s been drinking the wet lube again...

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burtthebike | 5 years ago
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Interesting that Cafe Velo think that the second most important thing for safety is a helmet.  I hope they know more about coffee.

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brooksby replied to burtthebike | 5 years ago
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burtthebike wrote:

Interesting that Cafe Velo think that the second most important thing for safety is a helmet.  I hope they know more about coffee.

It sounds like the first most important thing at Moors Valley Country Park is a neck guard and full body armour... 

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hampsoc | 5 years ago
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At least their MP has his priorities correct, after all this is only attempted murder. 

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MartynHall replied to hampsoc | 5 years ago
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hampsoc wrote:

At least their MP has his priorities correct, after all this is only attempted murder. 

 

Well, I would say you can blame it on weather - because evryone is supposed to be carefull... when u walk out form your flat/house u dont watch out for any obstackle ?  < am not terrorist, neither Forest cleaner...  Dont focus on your fitness, learn from the nature and be prepared...  lets say you should know even how to protect your family against snakes... çause in slovakia, or any country, for example..nearby rivers you can easyli walk along vipers too

 

enjoy>  http://hlasek.com/

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Hirsute | 5 years ago
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If only they had a bell.

 

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kil0ran | 5 years ago
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Monumental fucknuggets, that place is built for cycling and used mostly be families rather than gnarly singletrackers (not that we should try to behead those either).

It may be coincidence but I've seen similar obstruction with small branches on paths around Fordingbridge (just north of MV). Could just be random but the fact that they're placed so you encounter them just as you've gone round a bend makes me wonder. 

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roadmanshaq | 5 years ago
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This isn't just attempted murder. This is the definition of terrorism. 

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BehindTheBikesheds replied to roadmanshaq | 5 years ago
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roadmanshaq wrote:

This isn't just attempted murder. This is the definition of terrorism. 

Quite, yet no-one wants to talk about how those acting these crimes out are no better than someone with a bomb strapped to them or driving a van and aiming it at people. In fact I'd go far as to say they are faceless cowards as bad as the IRA scum. if someone had died I bet they would still be disinclined to call it for what it is!

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don simon fbpe replied to roadmanshaq | 5 years ago
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roadmanshaq wrote:

This isn't just attempted murder. This is the definition of terrorism. 

I don't feel terrorised by wankers. It seems to me that they're the definition of wankers. Cowardly ones at that.

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Morgoth985 | 5 years ago
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Nice.  I do struggle to comprehend the sheer malevolence of the mindset that would do this .

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