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Barbed wire attacks leave bikers scared of decapitation

The Local · 24 Oct 2011, 15:48

Published: 24 Oct 2011 15:48 GMT+02:00

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Bikers are now so scared that someone might end up decapitated that they are avoiding the popular former open cast mine, long a haven for motocross riders.

The barbed wire attacks – which were supplemented by several nail bed traps laid for bikers – at first went unreported because the motocross riders were not supposed to be at the former mine near Senftenberg.

But last year one biker was caught across the throat by a string of barbed wire tied between two trees. His injuries were so life-threatening that he had to be flown by helicopter to hospital.

Fellow bikers decided to take the risk of outing themselves as trespassers on the land – and reported the cases.

“This spring the cases increased so much that we went to the police,” said Atilla Damm from the MCS Hörlitz bike club.

He said the former open cast mine area at Meuro was very popular with bikers and quad riders – particularly after the closure of the club’s own motocross track. He said he was personally thrown from his bike three years ago after hitting a nail bed trap in the former mine.

Cottbus public prosecutor Horst Nothbaum said the investigation was looking at potential grievous bodily harm charges, and was questioning many witnesses as well as those bikers concerned – although only about the attacks, not any trespass issue.

The former mine has been a draw for bikers from the region and beyond for nearly a decade, despite warnings of possible landslips from the company in charge of clearing it up.

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Your comments about this article

20:25 October 24, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
Looks like someone is pissed about hearing those loud motorcycle engines when they're trying to relax!
20:56 October 24, 2011 by zeddriver
Probably an unemployed friend of the firestarter in Berlin.
23:36 October 24, 2011 by wood artist
Life imitates Art. The White Ribbon?

13:43 October 25, 2011 by bobmarchiano
Birds stuffed in machines, barb wire just to injury some people trying to enjoy life. Football players threatening referees, people being almost

kick to death in the subways Its time to stop the open bottle law in Germany

There are some people who are just to F---- sick
16:27 October 25, 2011 by J-Dub

Only someone very intoxicated or addicted to drugs would commit such acts.

The German Police are becoming overly lazy. You see less and less patrols than before and there is very little of their presence being used as a deterrent. The Police need to do more to become an 'enforcement' and deterrent. When people who think about doing these things learn the consequences beforehand, then maybe they would think twice before committing such ignorant acts of belligerence.
09:36 October 30, 2011 by Yanni Depp
"Only someone very intoxicated or addicted to drugs would commit such acts."

That's the stupidest thing anyone's ever said.

I drink and take drugs, and I've never hurt anyone. Don't forget what a certain teetotal, non-smoking vegetarian unleashed on Germany.
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