A 35-year-old man from the Netherton area has been arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage with intent to endanger life, following the destruction of a newly constructed reception at a Travelodge in Liverpool amid an alleged £600 pay dispute.
On 21 January 2019 the digger crashed through the main entrance of the building in the Liverpool Innovation Park, destroying the doors, reception desk and windows. The driver then left the vehicle and made off on foot in the direction of Edge Lane.
Merseyside Police said he has also been arrested on suspicion of assault in relation to a separate incident in Broadgreen, and is currently in custody where he will be questioned by detectives.
Ceiling fixer Samuel White told the BBC that the driver was involved in a pay dispute over £600 with contractors at the hotel.
He said: “The handover was today. Everything completed, we’d put the last tile in, cleaned up and made sure everything was perfect. Then some idiot in a mini digger decided to drive through the middle of the building.
“There were loads of workers outside all gobsmacked, jaws to the floor wondering what’s going on. The site manager was running around like a headless chicken, he wasn’t happy at all.”