Tuesday, May 17

Essex Roads Deliberately Booby Trapped



Roads in Essex are being deliberately booby trapped with concrete blocks, wood and barbed wire, police are warning. The obstacles have been left on unlit sections of road and have already caused thousands of pounds’ worth of damage to four cars and a bus.

According to officers, there have been nine incidents reported in the area of Tiptree, southwest of Colchester, in just over a week.

Chief Inspector Nick Lee said: “The first couple of reports of items found were thought to be debris that had fallen in the road, but it is now clear that there has been a pattern to these incidents and the items have been deliberately placed in the road with the intention of causing danger to motorists.

“We have been very fortunate so far that no motorists or other road users have been injured but the damage caused to vehicles has been significant, and it is only down to luck that we have not ended up having to deal with a serious incident.”

He added: “The stupidity involved in carrying out these acts beggars belief and I want to catch those responsible as soon as possible.”

According to the East Anglian Daily Times, officers urgently want to speak to two white men, aged 20 to 30, seen wearing camouflage trousers and an orange and grey top.

They also want to speak to a woman, aged 20 to 30, wearing black and grey clothes. And police are asking anyone who sees anything suspicious to contact them.

Chief Insp Lee said: “If they find any debris in the road then I would ask them to call us as soon as it is safe to do so on 101, or 999 in an emergency.