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Lincolnshire Police make arrest in nails on road incidents as Hagbeach Gate and Crowdyke Gate, Whaplode residents praise investigation





Residents whose daily lives have been blighted by nails and screws strewn across a village road have praised the police’s investigation which has now finally led to an arrest.

Lincolnshire Police arrested a 41-year-old woman on ‘suspicion of causing danger to road users’ after an investigation into reports of nails and screws being left in the road at Hagbeach Gate and Crowdyke Gate in Whaplode.

A police spokesman said: “Each of these reports has been taken very seriously, and we have been carrying out a number of enquiries since they were made.”

A report of nails on the road was made on August, 4 2023. PHOTO: SUBMITTED
A report of nails on the road was made on August, 4 2023. PHOTO: SUBMITTED

Nails, described as the ones used for felt roofing, were strewn across the roads in question — with reports made stretching back to August and September last year.

Villagers warned others at the time to remain vigilant as tyres were punctured and pet owners worried about walking their dogs.

Residents feared it was a deliberate act and, following the woman’s arrest on July 2, one resident hopes that it will finally stop.

Nails were reported on the road on September, 4 2023. PHOTO: SUBMITTED
Nails were reported on the road on September, 4 2023. PHOTO: SUBMITTED

He said: “Police have kept us up to date and obviously we get frustrated and so we are pleased that something has happened and that action has been taken.

“I can't afford to be spending money on tyres every two minutes.

“I am more worried for my wife and kids.”

Another resident, who resorted to keeping a magnet in the car to clear up nails, stated that the police had worked really hard and said they can’t fault them in any way.

Both wished to remain anonymous.

Police had received multiple reports about a number of such incidents in the last nine months.

A police spokesman said: “The woman was arrested this morning (July 2) and has been interviewed and released on police bail pending further enquiries.

“We would encourage you to report any incident which may pose a risk to the public to the police so that we can investigate.”

Crimes can be reported by dialling 101.



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