Leader, May 22 2020

Branches and logs have been placed over several tracks on the hill.
Branches and logs have been placed over several tracks on the hill.

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Mindless vandalism or deliberately dangerous?

It is impossible to relate to anyone with the mindset that thinks it’s appropriate at any time, but particularly during a global pandemic, to knowingly behave in a way which could cause another person a serious injury.

This week’s front page article about the apparent vandalism on Beinn Ghuilean was written with disbelief.

Of course it is possible for a tree to fall naturally and happen to land across a mountain bike trail, but it seems highly unlikely for a freshly cut branch to find itself positioned there, surrounded by other debris and logs, on several occasions during a relatively short time period.

What are the people responsible trying to achieve if not trying to injure someone?

Our hard-working NHS staff and other emergency services work tirelessly at the best of times but they are under unprecedented strain at the moment as the UK battles COVID-19.

Whether the obstacles were placed mischievously or menacingly, the resulting accident could have been life-threatening. To place that potential extra strain on the emergency services in good conscience is diabolical behaviour.

Whatever the grievance, if there is one, it is hard to understand how any logical person would decide that trail sabotage is the best option to express their point.

Perhaps those responsible haven’t fully considered the consequences?