Published: 11:30, 11 March 2016 |
Updated: 13:04, 11 March 2016
When Daniel Webster went out mountain biking near Hollingbourne he decided to do his normal route in reverse - a decision which may have saved his life.
Midway into his journey yesterday morning the father of two found barbed wire stretched at chest level across the footpath between two trees.
"It was something out of Mad Max," said the 39-year-old from Sittingbourne. "It was definitely a trap."
Mr Webster was cycling along a trail between Pilgrims Way and Ringlestone Road along a route popular with leads with cyclists, walkers and horse riders in the area around Leeds Castle.
He said:"I was riding with my head down and I happened to look up when a glint caught my eye and I realised something was stretched across the road.
"The wire was tied between two trees. It was neatly cut and stretched tight.
"I normally come the other way down the hill but I had decided to do it in reverse. I would have been going at 20 mph and I would never have seen it. I would never have stood a chance."
The Glebe Lane resident took down the wire and took to Facebook to warn others about what happened. This was shared by more than a thousand people. He said he would also report the incident to Kent Police.
He said:"I was shocked. I felt like I had a lucky escape. There is always a problem with logs and the like being put on trails used by mountain bikers. But never something like this.
"This didn't look like the work of kids, it was so tidy. I don't really understand why people do this sort of thing."
Don't miss out, subscribe today. Keep up to date with our newsletters.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating! PLUS, register for free!.
Find out what's going on in the garden, with Kent expert Lucy Hewett's weekly update.
Buy pictures that you've seen in a KM newspaper, or send in a picture and we will place it on our photo sales website so that you can purchase a super, unique gift.