Police comb campus for suspects after sick prank

Dangerous wire traps were found all over Coldean woods.


Police have been searching town and campus for suspects after someone had laced Coldean woods with potentially deadly wire ‘traps’ for cyclists.

Sussex police found over a dozen of the extremely dangerous traps set up less than a mile from campus.

They issued a warning on May 29th advising cyclists and pedestrians to watch out for the wires.

Over the past few days, there has been a huge police presence on campus including officers with flashlights combing the woods, police cars parked by campus buildings, and even helicopters flying over.

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Speaking to The Argus, Mark Strong, consultant with the Transport Initiatives said:  “It is very depressing, very disappointing.

“It has been a growing issue in the New Forest and some other parts of the country and it is usually linked to anti-cycling sentiment.”

The police suspect that children or students may have thought that this was just a prank, but it could potentially be far more dangerous.

It is estimated that thousands of students at Sussex and Brighton cycle to uni on a regular basis.

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Sergeant Alison Penny, of the East Brighton Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “These wires appear to have been deliberately placed across paths.

“There is a real risk that someone could run into them and suffer serious injury as a result. It is an extremely foolhardy thing to do and those responsible can expect to be dealt with robustly. Extra patrols are on the look-out for offenders.

“Meanwhile, I would urge people using the woods to take care and also to report any suspicious behaviour without delay.”

If you know anything about these disgusting incidents, please contact the police.

Email :[email protected]

Phone: 101 quoting serial 379 of 29/5

Phone: Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.