Digger driver ploughs into Travelodge in rampage ‘because he hadn’t been paid’

A digger driver was filmed crashing through a Travelodge by ploughing through a glass door during a remarkable rampage.

The vehicle can be seen mounting the steps of the new hotel at Liverpool Innovation Park and tearing through the entrance at about 3pm today.

Someone can be heard shouting “that’s what happens when people don’t pay their wages” while another seems to say “he’s a sick man”.

The digger rolls back down the steps, but soon heads back up and through the door before reaching the reception.

It crashed into walls inside the building and the front desk, the Liverpool Echo reports.

Dramatic footage of the bizarre moment was captured outside the hotel this afternoon.

Police were called to the incident – which left one man injured – but the driver had already ditched his digger and run away by the time they arrived.

According to reports, some workers had cheered the driver on but others were shocked and tried to stop him.

The hotel is listed on the Travelodge website as ‘opening soon’ but the extensive damage caused could delay plans.

Broken glass and fallen debris were pictured outside the building, with the digger left outside.

Workers put up metal fencing around the destroyed hotel front as officers carried out enquiries.

A spokesperson for Merseyside Police also confirmed that one man was treated by paramedics at the hotel.

In a statement, the force said: “We are appealing for information after damage was caused to a hotel under construction in Liverpool today (Monday 21 January 2019).

“A report was received shortly before 3pm that the digger was being driven into the entrance of the Travelodge building in the Liverpool Innovation Park.

“The driver then left the vehicle and made off on foot in the direction of Edge Lane.

One man experienced eye irritation due to exposure to diesel and was treated at the scene by North West Ambulance Service

“It is not believed anyone else was injured during the incident.

“Merseyside Fire and Rescue Services and contractors attended to ensure the site was safe.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police CC.

You can also call 101 quoting incident reference 19100021276 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.