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Travelodgical? Man In Mini Digger Smash-up Detained

Do you have a contingency plan in place for projects under your control that are 'unavoidably' delayed?

January 22 saw Merseyside Police confirm that they had located a man suspected of causing major damage to a hotel in Liverpool by driving a mini digger through windows and in to the reception area.

The incident occurred on Monday January 21  at a Travelodge under construction which was virtually complete.

The man being interviewed is thought to have been working as a sub-contractor on the project and caused the damage in a row over payment.

A report was received shortly before 3:00pm on Monday that a digger was being driven into the entrance of the Travelodge building in the Liverpool Innovation Park. The driver then left the vehicle and made off on foot.

 

No injuries

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Services and contractors attended to ensure the site was safe. One man experienced eye irritation due to exposure to diesel and was treated at the scene by North West Ambulance Service. It is not believed anyone else was injured during the incident.

 

Not a Tavelodge yet

ThisWeekinFM contacted Travelodge for a comment but a spokesperson explained that as this is a live police investigation, they were unable to comment on that.

The spokesperson also confirmed the site had not been handed  over by the developer team and thus was not as yet a Travelodge property.

The current owners are Valedown Ltd who have also been contacted for a comment.

 

Footage and Twitter

Social media users took the opportunity to upload mobile phone footage of the incident showing the driver on the rampage in his digger and ignoring the pleas of onlookers stop.

One witness is said to have told reporters at the scene that the project was due to be handed over on Monday 21 and contractors were just doing the final building clean.

Picture: Do you have a contingency plan in place for projects under your control that are 'unavoidably' delayed?

Below: The wags on Twitter (and with thanks for all images) have been quick to turn to Photoshop. 

Article written by Brian Shillibeer

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