Spike fright for young Lake Clifton rider

A Mandurah father was shocked when his son's motorbike tyre was slashed open by what appeared to be a specially-made metal spike.

Gary Varney said his family had been riding motorbikes at the Lake Clifton pine forest for 25 years and never had any problems, so he was appalled when his eighteen-year-old son Wyatt’s tyre was slashed by the object while riding.

“It’s out of the way, they’re not disturbing anybody, and it’s all been cleared recently so it’s fine for riding,” Mr Varney said.

“They’re not causing anyone any problems, just keeping fit and healthy… I can’t believe someone would do something like this. It’s just terrible.”

He said it appeared to him as though the object had been specially made and planted to target motorcyclists, pointing out the recent welding marks and the sharpened edges of metal.

It was buried in a mound of sand the motorcyclists use for a jump.

“My son just had a new tyre put on when this thing slashed it open,” Mr Varney said.

“But there’s lots of kids who ride down there, we’re worried what could happen if someone came off their bike onto something like that.”

Police have been notified.


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