4x4 scales Snowdon illegally for a second time


A Vauxhall Frontera has been found at the top of Mount Snowdon for the second time in a month.

The bizarre reappearance follows its September 3 climb to the summit, after which its owner was arrested and charged with dangerous driving.

After its first appearance at the summit the car had to be taken back down the mountain on a railway carriage. Irked parties this time around include the police, National Trust, and Snowdon mountain rescue, all currently trying to work out how to get it back down this time.

Mystery surrounds the reappearance, not least because nobody seems to know who put the car there again, how, and exactly why?

However, in answer to the last question, visitors to the centre near Snowdon's summit where the Frontera is parked say there's a sign in the windscreen, claiming it will be auctioned online and that the proceeds will go to the mountain rescue team.

However, any money generated from its sale will be rejected because, in Ian Henderson of the Llanberis Moutain Rescue Team's words, "we could not accept the donation as this is the result of an illegal act."

It seems inconceivable that the arrested owner, Craig Williams, who's due in court early next month on the first charge, would drive it up there again.

The Snowdonia National Park Authority has slammed whoever drove the car, not least for parking it away from the railway line this time, making its removal more difficult. It has urged the police to prosecute whoever it is.