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Belfast council carrying out Cave Hill cycle track checks after alert over 'wire' trap

The Cave Hill is popular with walkers and mountain bikers.
The Cave Hill is popular with walkers and mountain bikers.

Police in Northern Ireland have issued a warning to the public after reports of a wire trap planted on Belfast's Cave Hill Country Park.

Belfast council said it would be continuing to carry out checks of cycle tracks in the area.

Park wardens received the report of a wire strung across part of a trail in a "potentially dangerous position" on Tuesday morning.

Police said on Tuesday evening nothing had been found after a search.

"We are asking that any cyclists or walkers who are out on the trails be mindful of their own safety," said police.

"Obviously, if you're in the park and you see any wire or anything else untoward, please contact Belfast city council direct on 028 90 32 0202 (office hours) or 028 90 27 0275 (outside office hours).

"You can also contact Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency situation - the reference number you need is 908 23/10/2018."

A council spokesman added: "Our wardens will continue to check the cycle tracks on a regular basis and will investigate any reports of suspicious activity. We would urge cyclists and walkers to be vigilant and report anything suspicious to the Council’s Parks section on 9032 0202 or the PSNI on 101.”

Two years ago there were fears of attempts to sabotage popular biking trails on the mountain which could cause death, it was warned.

Fishing wire had been found strung across two trees at around head height on one of the routes around Belfast Castle.

At the time there were fears of a concerted attempt to target mountain bikers users the trails.

This is important if you use Cavehill Country Park. We have been contacted by wardens at the park who have told us...

Posted by PSNI North Belfast on Tuesday, October 23, 2018

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