Stage 1 of The Northern Rivers Rail Trail has been sabotaged by “persons of interest”.

These individuals are obviously not as keen as the rest of the community about the latest public offering to the region.

The 24km stretch of repurposed railway line from Murwillumbah to Crabbes Creek has been a huge hit with around 10,000 free wheelers who have cycled along the route since it opened on March 1.

But the spoil sports have been throwing nails, tacks and other sharp objects along the Trail, causing damage to punters’ tyres.

The incidents have cast a shadow over the popular tourist attraction but local councillors are not deterred.

Chris Cherry, Mayor of Tweed Shire Council, joined Byron Shire Mayor Michael Lyons, and Richmond Valley Mayor Robert Mustow, to pedal part of the newly completed section for the opening celebrations.

When completed the route will stretch 132 kms all the way through to Casino. Plans are underway for further sections to be finished by the end of the year but the “missing link” remains the corridor through the Byron Shire which is still under review.

People are being encouraged to take care when using the Trail and report all incidents via the official NRRT website . Anyone with information about the person(s) involved in the acts of sabotage should contact Council at [email protected] or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. All calls or emails will be confidential.

Hear Chris Cherry speak about the Rail Trail and attempts to stop vandals here.

Mayors Michal Lyon, Chris Cherry and Robert Mustow on their bikes