Police launched an investigation today after this 4×4 vehicle was found near the summit of Snowdon — for the SECOND time.
The distinctive red Vauxhall Frontera was seized by cops and mountain officials near to the visitors centre – one month since it was found at another spot on the peak.
After the first incident, Craig Williams, 39, from Cheltenham, Glos., was charged with dangerous driving.
National park officials condemned the latest mountain vehicle run as ”irresponsible”. No one has yet been arrested.
The vehicle was discovered abandoned close to the Snowdon Mountain Railway line. The railway line will be used to bring the car back down the mountain.
Alan Kendall, general manager of the railway, said: ”After we found the vehicle this morning, we checked the point mechanism on the line to ensure that no damage had been caused overnight.
”Our trains are running.
”We have a very busy weekend ahead of us and this vehicle will not be moved until next week at the earliest.
”To move the vehicle sooner would mean suspending trains and spoiling visitors’ plans. We won’t be doing that.”
North Wales Police said a vehicle was parked near the summit building and inquiries were underway.
Snowdonia National Park Authority officials are also investigating.
Authority chief executive Aneurin Phillips said: ”This irresponsible behaviour is totally unacceptable and I urge the police to prosecute the offender and impound and dispose of the vehicle.”
The same 4×4 – with matching number plate – was found abandoned on September 3, 365m below the summit.
It was eventually taken down by the mountain railway on a trailer.