Condemnation for vandals who targeted link road


Vandals who caused wanton damage to the Heysham to M6 link road site have been blasted by Lancaster City Council.

Councillors spoke out at Morecambe Town Hall after several incidents where vandals hat cut hydraulic hoses on excavators and dumper trucks, put sand in fuel tanks, let down tyres and damaged the temporary jetty on the River Lune.

Police are still investigating the wrecking spree which took place in April. Thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused at a site at Croskells Farm, Lancaster, with eight vehicles targeted.

The Labour group on the city council brought forward a motion condemning the vandals. Coun David Smith joined Coun Janet Hall and Coun Robert Redfern in putting the motion forward.

He said: “It’s more like sabotage. Destructive vandalism like this suggests to me people with an agenda.”

Coun Janice Hanson called the attacks “appalling”.

She said: “Not only does it put back the work but it endangers life and limb.”

Coun Jon Barry said: “I consider this an act of vandalism of the highest order. If it was about delaying the road in a non-violent way, I would be trying to give these people medals and the freedom of the city.

“But this is about the health and safety of workers on the site so on that basis I will support this motion.”

But his fellow Green, Coun Chris Coates, said: “I condemn any act of vandalism that puts workers’ safety at risk but if there are ongoing investigations I don’t think we should make any comment .”

Councillors then voted in favour of condemning the vandalism, with 34 agreeing and nine abstaining.

A spokesman for Costain, builders of the road, said there had been no further incidents of vandalism since the attacks were in late April.