Man charged over Snowdon 4x4 drive

A Cheltenham man suspected of steering a 4x4 close to the summit of Snowdon mountain in Wales has been charged with a driving offence.

North Wales Police said the 39-year-old was charged after the Vauxhall Frontera was found on the peak near the Snowdon Mountain Railway line.

At 3,560ft, Snowdon is the highest mountain across England and Wales, and a popular attraction for nature lovers.

The Snowdonia National Park Authority said the incident was "unacceptable" criticised the driver's behaviour as irresponsible.

"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," a spokesman said.

Efforts to bring the 4x4 down are under way, while the park authorities have called for stringent action against the vehicle's owner.

Police said the suspect has been charged with driving a vehicle on common land and bailed to appear in Caernarfon Magistrates' Court on September 16.

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