Echuca police believe a piece of wood found with nails spiking upwards on a walking track was maliciously placed.GRAHAM WILLIS June 11, 2014 11:51am
Echuca police are seeking information about a ‘‘man trap’’ campers found near Pianta Rd in Echuca during the long weekend.
The trap (pictured) was a piece of wood with several long nails facing upwards that were laid across a walking track.
With only the nails protruding above the ground, the piece was anchored by two 20cm tent pegs.
Bacchus Marsh visitor Patrick Jacobs and a friend found the offending item as they walked along the dirt track.
‘‘We only found it by standing on it,’’ he said.
Mr Jacobs was not injured because of his boots, but said the trap could have caused serious injury to a child.
‘‘It was obviously placed for a reason, perhaps to hinder motorbikes or the like, but it could have had disastrous consequences.’’
Mr Jacobs had intended to bring his children to the campsite, but decided not to at the last minute.
‘‘If the kids had stepped on it the damage would have been horrific.’’
The pair searched for any further items, however none were found.
They also warned other campers in the area of the matter.
A warning about the trap was posted to the Free Camping Victoria Facebook page, which has attracted dozens of comments and 50 shares.
The initial post, by Karen, read: ‘‘My hubby and his mate went camping on this long weekend in Echuca. This is a piece of wood they found with nails nailed into it faced upwards and pegged into the ground then covered over! They found this by stepping on it! It was laid across a walking track. Assuming it was laid out for Bikes. Really disappointing!!’’
Comments in response labelled the trap disgusting, dangerous and stupid.
‘‘It is horrifying to think that some people have enough venom in them to do this. Hope they are found and get the book thrown at them,’’ Karen commented.
Belinda said: ‘‘That could have ended so badly! Thrown a rider off their bike or ripped a child’s foot open. Whoever did it is a sick, sick person.’’
An Echuca Police spokeperson said the placement of the ‘‘man trap’’ was not only stupid but the perpetrator could face prosecution.
‘‘This comes under the umbrella of conduct likely to cause injury,’’ he said.
‘‘This type of ambush is totally unacceptable.’’
Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Echuca Police on 5482
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