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Driver bursts tyre on pieces of plastic with nails on Blackburn main road

A MOTORIST have a lucky escape with only tyre damaged by pieces of plastic with nails in them on a main road.

Sam Best was driving along Bank Top and King Street in Blackburn on Thursday night 8.20pm when he heard one of his tyres popping.

He said: "I wasn't sure what it was at first but when I got out to check, the piece of plastic was stuck to my tyre.

"I pulled it off and I could see that there had been four screws stuck in it which were still in the tyre.

"I checked the road to see if I have run over something and there were another three plastic squares all with four screws or nails in.

"They had obviously been places in the road to puncture tyres of passing cars.

"I was extremely frustrated, the tyre was brand new and I really have enough on my plate without having to worry about things like this.

"I reported it to the police straightaway but don't know if they will be able to find out who was responsible."

Sam had to pay £60 for the new tyre but wanted to raise awareness for drivers to be careful in the area.

The 32-year-old added: "I can only imagine that they were placed there by kids for some weird kind of entertainment reason.

"It could have been a lot worse.

"If a motorbike had hit them at speed it could've caused serious damage the rider as they they could have come of the bike and hit some cars.

"If I did not hear the plastic hitting my wheel arch and continued onto the motorway I could've had a blow out at 70mph and it is a dangerous and irresponsible thing to do.

"Only one of my tyres was damaged but, with several of these left in the road it could've been all four that were damaged and it would have been a £240 bill."

A police spokesman said: "We are aware of the incident and are currently investigating it.

"If anyone has any information about it then get in touch by ringing 101 and use the log number LC-20210303-1450."

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