7 MARCH 2014NEWS RELEASE No: 16195
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Forestry Commission Scotland has closed the path to the west of Limerigg due to public safety concerns.
Spikes and nails have been discovered embedded in the path which is used by a range of visitors and forestry vehicles.
Already, the Commission’s vehicles have suffered numerous punctures making driving dangerous.
Jim Smalls, community ranger with Forestry Commission Scotland said:
“It has become apparent that someone is deliberately planting spikes and nails into the path. We do not know why they are doing this but it is a very irresponsible act. There are real public safety concerns for dog walkers, cyclists, horse riders and of course our own staff.
“That is why we have made the decision to close access to this part of the path until this situation is fully resolved. We have reported this Police Scotland who are now investigating the matter.
“We strongly advise local people to be cautious and not use the path at this time. For your own safety, please do not ignore the signs.”
Jim Smalls can be contacted for further information: firstname.lastname@example.org / 01555 660190.
Notes to Editors
1. Issued by Golley Slater on behalf of Forestry Commission Scotland.
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