A dog walker who found a lethal spiked weapon that could "kill a small child" has issued a warning to families.
The man, who asked not to be identified, took to Facebook to share details of the worrying weapon, which appeared to be made of a length of metal piping with long nails welded to its exterior, roughly as long as his foot.
The whistleblower said he had been walking his dog in Stalybridge in Tameside, Greater Manchester, on the site of the former Hartshead Power Station, which is now a natural beauty spot frequented by families with small children and dogs, as well as horse riders.
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He said on Facebook: "Found this today on the old power station land in Carrbrook, hidden in a puddle that my dog ran through and knocked it out of."
He added that although he only found one of the bizarre contraptions, there could be more left lying around or buried underground.
"Could of ended a lot worse, but if someone's made the effort of making one, there's definitely more," he added.
"Kids play on that land, people walk dogs and ride horses. If a horse was to step on that, it would be thousands of pounds in vet bills."
The man reckons the strange device was made to deter off-road bikers riding their motorcycles in the area by popping their tyres as they ride over it.
"I know these have probably been made to stop the off-road bikes/cars, but at the end of the day they could kill a small child," he added.
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After sharing the warning to Facebook, the man told Manchester Evening News he had alerted Greater Manchester Police to the existence of the device by dialling 101.
He also contacted the land owners at Tame Valley Park, who are in the process of planning a multi-million-pound regeneration to build a community park and housing development.
The former power station at the site was knocked down in 1989 and the remaining buildings have been derelict since the 1980s, but has remained a favoured destination for families looking to get some fresh air thanks to its stunning views.
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