The vandalised mini-digger

The vandalised mini-digger

A ‘senseless’ attack on a national park’s digger will cost thousands of pounds and delay repairs to one of its most popular paths.

All the windows on a Snowdonia National Park Authority excavator were smashed by stones while it was on Snowdon.

The authority said it was saddened and disappointed by the vandalism. The attack on the machine, which was on the Llanberis Path, happened between 3pm and 6pm on Saturday, 19 March.

Mair Huws, the authority’s head of the warden’s service, said: “Thousands of pounds worth of unnecessary damage has been caused to a machine that we are completely dependent on to do our work.

“Due to a totally uncalled-for and senseless act we will lose a week of restoration work on the Snowdon paths and at the same time we are preparing for a busy Easter and summer.

Stones were used to smash the digger's windows

Stones were used to smash the digger's windows

“Due to the remote location of the mini-digger, it’s going to be an enormous struggle to bring it back down the mountain to get it fixed, let alone getting a replacement machine into position to allow us to carry on with the work in the meantime.

“It was a sunny day on Saturday and Snowdon’s paths were fairly busy. If anyone has any information about the incident, we are appealing to them to contact North Wales Police on 101 quoting reference number RC16040417.”

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