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Mountain shelter hit by vandals; POLICE IN PROBE AFTER WINDOWS SMASHED AND FURNITURE WRECKED.

Byline: ERYL CRUMP Daily Post Reporter erylcrump@dailypost.co.uk

POLICE are investigating after a Snowdonia shelter used by climbers and walkers was reported to have been badly damaged.

The hut is in a remote part of the Carneddau mountains of Snowdonia is available to anyone to use as an overnight shelter and is regularly used by school groups on Duke of Edinburgh expeditions.

It is cared for by the Mountain Bothy Association (MBA) and is one of eight similar shelters in Wales.

Officials were notified earlier this week the hut had been damaged.

MBA maintenance organiser Phil Maslen said all the windows had been broken, a table destroyed and attempts made to light fires and the walls damaged by smoke.

Mr Maslen said: "We had received a report on November 12 the bothy was ok so the vandalism occurred sometime between then and the 15th. Police have been informed.

"Our volunteers have undertaken some temporary repairs and a work party will be organised to carry out full repairs soon. RWE Energy have generously offered materials."

Chris Lloyd of Ogwen Valley MRT said: "Its a fair walk in from the nearest road, at least 90 minutes of solid walking up a steep ridge and then a steep rocky path down to the bothy.

"It isn't somewhere where you can easily walk past.

"We have been called to the spot on occasions and it is a great shame if it has been vandalised.

"It has been refurbished recently to a high standard with proper furniture, a wood-fired stove and chairs." Mr Maslen added: "This senseless vandalism is both annoying and disheartening to the MBA volunteers who work hard to provide basic open shelters for the benefit of those who enjoy mountainous country.

"It also impacts adversely on those who use and enjoy the bothies and who act responsibly towards them. Where this sort of incident happens, we will always report it to the police."

Anyone with information call |police on 101.

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