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Sharp tacks spread over BMX track.

Byline: KATRINA CHILVER Nuneaton Reporter news@trinitymirror,com

HUNDREDS of sharp tacks were put on a BMX track used by children over the weekend in a move that has been described as "sabotage".

Nuneaton BMX club arrived at their base behind the Jubilee Centre in Greenmoor Road on Sunday morning for a race attended by riders from all over the country to find the dangerous items scattered around the track.

Sarah Albrighton, one of the club's directors has been left shocked and disgusted by the incident which she says must be deliberate.

She said: "It's clearly not an accident, this is malicious.

"They have walked the entire track, every single bit had a tack on it, they haven't stood on the edge and casually thrown a few on."

When the team arrived on Sunday morning at around 6.45am, one of the children spotted the tacks and asked what they were.

Sarah added: "There was about 300 tacks, it's disgusting.

"I was just gutted, shocked, disgusted.

"We were all in a line looking for them for an hour and a half. When you have got 340 riders, 600 people all coming from as far north as Rotherham and as far south as Milton Keynes, you need to sort it out.

"It's just embarrassing, it just makes me so angry.

"We were walking round thinking there can't be more, we soon realised this is deliberate, this is sabotage."

Despite the team's best efforts a few tacks went unnoticed.

"Unfortunately, I think four or five people did get their tyres popped during the race," Sarah said.

"I think there must have been some on the grass because the track was clear, to only have four is pretty good considering how many tacks there were.

"It could have been really dangerous, if we had three riders and they all had their tyres popped it would be carnage and that's without thinking about them going into body parts.

"Even forgetting the four-year-old kid and the elderly adult who were there, we are about to start wheelchair racing, wheelchair tyres are not going to be as easy to replace."

The incident has left Sarah feeling disappointed in Nuneaton, with her posting on the club's Facebook page: "I cannot express my disgust and disappointment in the town in which we live."

She told the Telegraph: "It's shameful isn't it? It's embarrassing. It makes the town look like we are unwelcoming."

Warwickshire Police is investigating the incident and Sarah has her suspicions that the culprit may be a disgruntled resident.

She said: People that live close by know that they bought the house with that BMX track there.

"A lot of people don't like the music and the car parking.

"I think it's a resident close by because they knew it was going on."

Despite the dangerous situation the club was put in by this alleged act of sabotage, Sarah is not letting it get them down.

She added: "I feel more determined because we will not be beaten."

If you have any information, call Warwickshire Police on 101 quoting reference number 357 of May 7.

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Date:May 9, 2017
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