The River Faughan Anglers’ Association has urged anglers and the public to be on their guard following an incident at Bleachgreen, Ardmore, this week when a bailiff narrowly escaped injury after triggering a deadly snare concealed on a public pathway.
The Association believe the trap was intended for river bailiffs who regularly patrol this area, which is a popular haunt for poachers.
However, they are gravely concerned that a child, angler, or innocent passer-by could have been killed or seriously injured had they set off the trap. The booby trap consisted of a fifteen feet long branch with 12 inch spikes, tied back with fishing lines as a trap cord and held down with stones. It was concealed with leaves and tree branches on a pathway used not only by anglers and bailiffs but local children and people of the area. A number of other half constructed booby traps were found in the same vicinity.