Merseyside Police are investigating after the fuming driver smashed into the Travelodge hotel’s entrance area in Liverpool yesterday afternoon
The driver who ploughed a digger into a Travelodge did get paid but hadn’t checked his bank account before embarking on his rampage, according to reports.
Incredible footage shows the digger smash into the new hotel at the Liverpool Innovation Park shortly before 3pm yesterday.
The driver, who was dressed in a cap and dark clothing, was heard screaming out the window of his vehicle: “I told you £600 f***ing quid”.
Extensive damage was caused when he used the digger’s arm to break through glass windows, ceilings and the front desk.
Posts online allege the driver was missing £600 in wages for working on the site, the Liverpool Echo reports.
However, the man’s co-workers have now claimed the man’s money had been paid but he hadn’t checked his account.
His colleagues said a banking error meant their wages were paid on Monday instead of Friday.
It’s believed he had been working for MF Construction, based in Cheshire, and his co-workers told The Sun that the man’s rampage was sparked by a delay in their wages being paid.
One said: “The money was supposed to go into his bank on Friday.
“But there was some kind of glitch and it didn’t go in until Monday.
“He didn’t check his bank account and didn’t realise he’d actually been paid. That’s why he went mental and wrecked the place.”
Merseyside Police confirmed this afternoon that a man was located today and will be interviewed as part of their investigation into the incident.
Ceiling fixer Samuel White, 24, said workers were “gobsmacked” as they watched him smash into the hotel.
Triton Construction, who are the main contractors for the site, said the man was waiting for his boss to arrive when he decided to drive the digger into the finished hotel.
A spokesperson for Triton Construction said: “It is our understanding that one of the labourers working for MF Construction had been waiting for his boss to arrive with his wages which he told other workers on site were overdue.
“It is alleged that the labourer couldn’t track down the owner of MF Construction and he became increasingly frustrated.
At approximately 3.00pm the labourer took it upon himself to drive a small mini excavator through the entrance screen of the hotel and subsequently caused damage to finishes within the reception.
“The labourer then ran from the scene and to our knowledge is being pursued by the police. Fortunately there appear to be no structural damage so repairs can be undertaken relatively quickly.”
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe page set up for the driver has raised nearly £1,000 – well over the goal of £600, reports the Liverpool Echo.
A spokesperson for Merseyside Police confirmed one man is being interviewed in connection with their investigation.
In a statement, the force said: Detectives investigating an incident yesterday (Monday 21 January) at a hotel under construction in Liverpool have located a man who will be interviewed.
“A report was received shortly before 3pm that a 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.
“A man has since been located and will be interviewed as part of the ongoing investigation.”
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