Stolen digger's five-mile detour brings chaos
Sep 11 2008 by Neil Atkinson, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
A MAN was being hunted today after a five-mile jaunt on a stolen digger.
The thief abandoned the giant bright yellow excavator in Sinking Wood, New Mill, early today.
But he left behind a catalogue of misery and damage after tearing down a garden wall, damaging another wall and causing damage to a police car.
No-one was hurt but police have condemned the thief’s actions.
It is thought the excavator was stolen in the early hours from the construction site in St George’s Square, Huddersfield, where a £4m revamp is under way.
The thief drove the excavator to New Mill.
Police were alerted shortly after 2.30am by a couple who were woken when the vehicle shattered their garden wall.
The excavator also damaged another wall before being driven off.
The police car was damaged when it struck debris scattered across the road.
Kirklees Council workmen cleared up the debris, which included large coping stones.
Police saw the digger again, in Huddersfield Road, New Mill, but it was driven off and abandoned on a track leading into woods.
Police dog handlers and the West Yorkshire Police helicopter combed the area throughout the night, but the thief escaped.
A spokesman said: “Luckily no-one was hurt, but it was a stupid and dangerous thing to do.”