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Green lane spiked

By Sue Austin | Llangollen | News | Published:

Metal spikes have been placed along a country lane to deter 4x4 drivers from using it, a green lane driving group has claimed.

The Whitestones Green Lane between Llanarmon DC and Plas Nantyr, Llangollen is popular with off road drivers.

But after a vehicle received three punctures a fortnight ago, the North Wales Green Lane Association bought metal detectors and discovered 12 metal spikes.

The association, which promotes sensible driving and the protection of ancient roads says the wholly unacceptable practice affects not just vehicles, but horses, walkers and bike riders.

The spikes are believed to be caltrops, spikes that are arranged in such a manner that one of them always points upward from a stable base and were historically used as a weapon against cavalry.

Darren Henson, from North Wales Green Lane Association, said the metal spikes had been recovered from the lane after members raised funds to buy the metal detectors.

Mr Henson said: "There's no excuse to put these in the lanes. It could endanger life.

"For us 4x4 its an inconvenience but if dogs or horses step on it, it'll be a different case. If a horse stood on it, it could be put down and who knows about the rider."

"We're not doing any harm. Some people just don't want us driving there."

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North Wales Police said it was aware of reports of spikes.

A spokeswoman for the force added they had not received a formal complaint .

Denbighshire Council is also looking into the claims.

Sue Austin

By Sue Austin
Chief Reporter

Chief reporter of the Oswestry/Mid Wales office. Keen to hear your news.

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