A phone cord was discovered stretched across a rural trail on the weekend.
Ontario Provincial Police are investigating after a telephone cable was found tied at neck height across the K&P Trail south of Tichborne, about 140 kilometres southwest of Ottawa.A resident who lives near the trail witnessed a group of youths tying up the cable at about 5 p.m. Sunday. They called one of the trail’s volunteer maintenance workers, who responded within the hour and found the cable near kilometre marker 59. A video was taken, the OPP were called and the cable was taken down before anyone was injured.Richard Allen, economic development officer for Frontenac County and co-ordinator of the K&P Trail, said the cable was wrapped very securely around two trees on either side of the five-foot-wide trail.“This feels a little more extreme, a little more intentional (than previous cases of vandalism),” Allen said. “It was certainly put up in a way that it appeared to be intended to hurt people.”Sgt. Cynthia Savard said the group of young youths appeared to be about 11 years old. The force continues to investigate and the youths have not yet been identified.The black cable was tied in a shadowed area making it difficult to see, Allen said. Luckily, motorized vehicles are banned from that portion of the trail, but at about five to six feet off the ground, the cable could have seriously injured a cyclist or runner, Allen said.A phone cord was discovered stretched across the K&P Trail at 5 p.m. on Sunday near Fish Creek Road. It was removed and reported to @OPP_COMM_ERIf you see anything like this call the Frontenac detachments of the Ontario Provincial Police in Sharbot Lake at 613-279-2195 pic.twitter.com/LGLnNXGR2R— Frontenac K&P Trail (@KPTRAIL) August 6, 2019“What we really want to do is make sure people know that this kind of prank is dangerous and reckless,” Allen said.While they don’t know how many individuals used that portion of the trail over the weekend, Allen said the trail is usually very busy over long weekends, especially in good weather.“Our concern is for the safety of people using the K&P Trail,” Allen said. “That is of the utmost importance and so we want to make sure that people are aware that this kind of thing can happen, but also that they’re aware that we don’t think this is going to be a regular thing.”Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Sharbot Lake OPP at 613-279-2195 or the OPP’s toll-free line at 1-888-310-1122.Allen said that if any residents see anything else concerning, they can contact him at 613-483-9767, or connect with the trail on its Frontenac K&P Trail Community Group on Facebook.ALSO IN THE NEWS:Rich school, poor schoolSNC-Lavalin committed to Trillium Line expansion despite new corporate directionNapanee man injured by dogs he was looking firstname.lastname@example.org/StephattheWhig