Drawing pins believed to have been scattered deliberately across Leeds cycle path

Police have warned cyclists after finding sharp tacks scattered across a popular commuter route.

An officer from the Leeds North East beat team found drawing pins on the Meanwood Valley cycle path earlier today.

He had stopped to help a female cyclist whose tyre had burst after being punctured by a tack.

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The officer then found further pins, including one which was embedded in his own tyre, and believes they had been placed there on purpose.

The Leeds Cycling Campaign group also said on social media that their members were aware of the hazard.

Scattering tacks is a disruptive tactic sometimes used by spectators at professional cycling events, including the Tour de France.