Ruthless vandals are targeting construction vehicles at the M6 link road sites – putting lives at risk and causing thousands of pounds of damage.
In what appears to be an orchestrated campaign, police said hydraulic hoses were cut on excavators and dumper trucks, directly risking injury to drivers.
Other incidents include:
*Sand being put into tanks to contaminate the fuel
*Tyres being let down
*Damage to a temporary jetty in the River Lune
Thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused at a site at Crossgills Farm, Lancaster, over the weekend.
Sgt Lindsay Brown of Morecambe Police said: “Eight vehicles, including excavators and dumper trucks, were damaged to the tune of thousands of pounds at the weekend.
“Tyres have also been let down and sand put into fuel tanks. “We are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen any suspicious vehicles at Crossgills Farm over the weekend.
“We are keeping an open mind as to who is responsible, however the vandals have made a concerted effort to cause criminal damage by using bolt croppers to cut the rubber hoses.
“Incidents next to the river could cause oil to leak into the river and pollute it.
“There is also a serious risk to the operator of the machinery if they start it up.
“It’s pretty reckless.”
Andrew Langley, Costain Project Manager, said: “We’ve had several incidents of intruders entering our construction sites in the evening and weekends, causing significant damage to the plant and machinery.
“Whilst these incidents are both disruptive and costly to the project, the overwhelming issue is that a construction site is not a playground to intruders who may or may not be aware of the dangers that exist on a live construction site.
“The sites contain enough risks to the trained and qualified construction workers alone. “The workers are briefed each day, and wear the correct protective clothing at all times.
“An intruder or child has no knowledge of where unstable ground conditions exist, what structures are incomplete or not secure, and what injuries can be sustained when tampering or vandalising machinery.
“The site boundaries are there for a reason, we ask parents to be mindful of their children’s whereabouts, especially those situated close to our sites.”
Anyone with information about the vandalism should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.