Condemnation over link road saboteurs

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County Hall bosses have slammed vandalism at building sites for the Heysham M6 new link road, claiming lives are being put in danger.

Since work began on the M6 link road, county councillors were told “saboteurs” had cut hydraulic hoses on machinery, put sand in fuel tanks, let down tyres and damaged property.

Now members have unanimously condemned the “orchestrated” action, as well as those responsible for it. Speaking at this month’s full council, County Coun John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “This is the act of criminals.

“There are young people working on this site going to work to try and learn their trade - they shouldn’t be at this sort of risk. These people will not be happy until they have killed someone and that’s how serious it is.

“Building sites have always been one of the most dangerous areas to work in and this just makes it more dangerous.”

He asked councillors to support calls to condemn the behaviour and the threat to workers’ safety.

County Coun Darren Clifford said: “It’s not vandalism, it’s sabotage and every member in this chamber should support this. This is the way forward and saboteurs will not be tolerated.”

County Coun Janice Hanson said: “I hope these people are caught and dealt with.”