Man charged over car mountain trip

Vauxhall Frontera OlympusA 39-year-old man, from the Cheltenham area, has been charged with a driving offence after allegedly taking a 4×4 vehicle up the highest mountain in England and Wales.

The Vauxhall Frontera was discovered close to the peak of the 3,560ft Snowdon mountain on Saturday.

The car is still on the mountain, close to the Snowdon Mountain Railway line.

A spokesman for North Wales Police said the man has been charged with driving a vehicle on common land, moorland, or land which is not part of a road.

He has been bailed to appear at Caernarfon Magistrates’ Court on September 16.

A spokesman for Snowdonia National Park Authority said: “This sort of incident is unacceptable and shows a lack of responsibility on behalf of the individual/individuals involved.

“Along with the obvious dangers posed by this type of incident, it could cause damage to the footpath and landscape, which means added work for the Snowdon footpath teams.

“In respect of the severity of the incident, the Snowdonia National Park encourage the police to take firm action against the owner of the vehicle.

“The Snowdonia National Park will co-operate fully with the Snowdon Mountain Railway Company to ensure the vehicle is removed from the mountain.”

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