The mystery of the hidden speaker

The Kincumber-Davistown cycling track

Mystery continues to surround the Kincumber-Davistown cycling track hidden speaker incident that’s set the community on edge, but according to local police it was probably just a hoax.

The community first became aware of the situation after a social media post penned by an anonymous woman claimed two men (or possibly older teens) were using a hidden speaker to project cries for help from a distressed woman from bushland off an isolated stretch of the track.

Fake or not, the post, which was originally shared by the Friends of Avoca Facebook group, has attracted more than 1,000 comments from concerned residents and has been shared almost 2,000 times since it was published on July 7.

But according to a Brisbane Water PD Duty Officer, no formal report of the incident was ever made to police as the post suggests, with police also finding out about the matter via social media chatter.

It’s that omission that’s prompted officers to suspect a hoax is afoot and lending credence to that theory is the fact that no other reports of a similar incident at the track were made that day.

Sceptics are also asking why the woman failed to retrieve the speaker, both as evidence and to prevent any other passer-by’s from being affected by the rouse.

However, the woman has reiterated her position via another anonymous post on Friends of Avoca.

“Please know that what I described really happened.

“One of my children isn’t sleeping at night because he is so worried about what happened.

“A number of people have asked whether police were contacted.

“I called Gosford Police Station immediately after the incident.

“I also called the Police Assistance Line (PAL) on Tuesday afternoon to make sure it was being followed up.

“While it was a different crew at Gosford that night, they said that a police car would have been sent to check the area that afternoon and that additional patrols would be set up along the track.

“I just wanted to make sure you didn’t think I was making this up and taking advantage of this page,” the post reads.

Dilon Luke