A number of strings of barbed wire have been strung up between trees in a plantation on Salisbury Plain. We received a report on 16 May regarding the incident in the area close to Bravo Crossing, Netheravon.
Initial enquiries carried out by the MOD have established this was not part of any Military exercise and it is suspected that it was done deliberately to deter off-road motorcyclists.
PC Marc Jackson, of the Rural Crime Team, said: “The consequences of this act could have proved fatal had a motorcyclist collided with the barbed wire. This is not the first time such tactics have been used to try to target off roaders.
“The continued use by off-roaders in the woods, plantations and along tracks on Salisbury Plain is becoming a real cause for concern amongst other users of the plain, and while we appreciate this is causing tension, resorting to such methods is not acceptable and anyone caught placing items which may cause harm to other individuals can expect to be prosecuted accordingly.
“The majority of off-roaders respect Salisbury Plain and act lawfully within the Bylaws and Road Traffic Act. However, the small minority still continue to abuse the Plain and use areas which are not open to the public. I appeal to those individuals to stay out of the areas where public access is not granted. Stick to the public rights of way.”
Lt Col Stewart Andrews, the MOD's Senior Training Safety Officer for Salisbury Plain said: "The deliberate placing of barbed wire to deter off-road motorcyclists in the woods at Netheravon could have had fatal consequences. Anyone caught placing items which may cause harm to another individual can expect to be prosecuted by Wiltshire Police. For their own safety we would remind people to stay out of the areas where public access is not granted and stick to the public rights of ways."
If anyone has any information in regards to the individuals who have placed this barbed wire in the woods, or any further items across the Plain which may cause harm to off-roaders, please call police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.