Dave Gittins with the metal trap he found at Fingal Head. The road spike was constructed with six-inch bolts welded onto a metal plate.
Dave Gittins with the metal trap he found at Fingal Head. The road spike was constructed with six-inch bolts welded onto a metal plate. Blainey Woodham

Surfer discovers beach tyre traps

A TWEED Heads man said he should have bought a lottery ticket the day he ran over home-made tyre spikes at Fingal Head.

Dave Gittins drove over the spikes with his four-wheel drive on a beach trail at Fingal Head.

“My mother-in-law also had one go through her foot,” Mr Gittins said.

“Obviously it's dangerous for kids.”

Mr Gittins said a crude home-made tyre spike with three-to-four-inch nails stuck into one of the tyres on hi his four-wheel drive. A search of the area revealed well-built metal tyre spikes hidden under vegetation on the trail.

“It was put there by someone with good tools and a workshop,” he said.

“There were six-inch bolts welded to a metal plate and each bolt was sharpened at the end.

“If you stood on the damn thing it would do some serious damage to your foot.”

Mr Gittins said all he wanted to do was to surf at the beach.

Tweed/Byron Local Aboriginal Land Council manages the land where the spikes were found. The council previously dug up tracks through the dunes to stop four-wheel drives.

Council chief executive officer Leweena Williams said the traps were another example of what lengths some people were taking to keep people out of the dunes.

“This is exactly the reason why we have blocked the tracks,” Ms Williams said. “People have done all sorts of things to try and keep people out of the dunes.”

Ms Williams said the plan to block trails had worked, but there were some people determined to get onto the beach.

“We had people knocking down poles that were there to keep four-wheel drives out of the dunes,” she said.

“I guess all that we can say about this incident is that this type of behaviour (setting traps) was not on.”

Tweed police Inspector Greg Jago said no one had reported the use of home-made road spikes at Fingal.

“It would have been nice if this incident was reported to police before the spikes were removed,” Insp Jago said.

“We don't know where or who found the spikes.”

A Tweed Shire Council spokesman said the area in Fingal Head where the spikes were found was not on council land.

“That is managed by the Aboriginal land council and any illegal activity should be taken up with the police,” the spokesman said.

Mr Gittins said the spikes would not stop him from heading to Fingal Head for a surf.



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