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Posted by Boghound on October 19, 2011

4×4 abandoned on Snowdon for second time in a month

A 4×4 vehicle has been abandoned near the top of Mount Snowdon for the second time in a month, this time with a ‘For Sale’ sign in the window.

The Vauxhall Frontera was found near the visitors’ centre at the highest peak in England and Wales yesterday morning.

It is thought to be the same car which was left near the 3,560ft summit on September 3.

The vehicle’s owner, Craig Anthony Williams, 39, from Cheltenham, was charged with dangerous driving and is due in court next week.

Witnesses have said the car had a sign placed in the windscreen which claimed it was to be sold on an internet auction site in aid of the local mountain rescue teams.

Ian Henderson, secretary of Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team, said: ”Even if it is auctioned for the charity we could not accept the donation as this the result of an illegal act.

”Clearly we are unhappy that a car was driven up Snowdon and it presents all the authorities and those who care about the mountain with a very serious problem – how to remove it safely.

”Snowdon is a mountain for all of us to enjoy and it is not a playground for motorists.”

Snowdonia National Park Authority chief executive Aneurin Phillips said: ”This irresponsible behaviour is totally unacceptable and I urge the police to prosecute the offender and impound and dispose of the vehicle.”

A spokeswoman for North Wales Police added: ”North Wales Police received a report just before 10.30am yesterday that a 4×4 vehicle was on Snowdon, parked near the visitors centre at the summit.

”Police inquiries are under way.

”North Wales Police are working with the train operator to ensure the safety of other mountain users.”

The National Park said the car is unlikely to be removed today.

A spokesman said its positioning, close to the railway buildings, was causing "some difficulty".

He said: "We will be speaking to the Snowdon Mountain Railway, police and rescue teams about the best way to remove the vehicle.

"This could take some time."


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