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Police take 'appropriate action' on Belfast's Cave Hill sabotage claims as complaint dismissed

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

A police officer accused of failing to investigate obstacles being placed on bike trails on Belfast's Cave Hill has had the complaint against him dropped by the Police Ombudsman.

Last year, the police had to issue a public warning after wire was strung across a cycle track on Cave Hill in a bid to injure cyclists.

The warning followed several other incidents of "sabotage" being reported at popular Belfast biking trails.

In one incident, fishing wire was strung across two trees at head height, sparking fears that cyclists could have been decapitated.

The constable investigating the claims in question also faced allegations of bias and "inappropriate disclosure of information".

According to the Police Ombudsman, the complaint arose amid wider disagreements between mountain bikers and walkers in the north Belfast Park.

Ombudsman investigators found that footage of people placing obstacles on the trails had been passed to police, who had taken "appropriate action".

The officer had spoken to witnesses, taken statements and viewed the footage, in addition to seeking advice from the Public Prosecution Service and legal services to see if any offences had been committed.

Public safety concerns relating to the trails being used by bikers and walkers at the same time were also raised by the officer and "no misconduct was identified".

The Police Ombudsman's Office said no failings were identified in their investigation and the case was closed.

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