AN EMERGENCY service team member has had their vehicle tampered with in Snowdonia.

The Llanberis Mountain Rescue (LMR) worker has travelled to train in the hills in their own vehicle when somebody let the air out of their tire.

The service is reminding residents that during lock down, vehicles which appear to be flouting lock down could belong to key workers, and that such an act is illegal.

A spokesperson for LMR said: "With the continued restrictions and closures in Snowdonia and Wales in general, team members have had to get a little creative when it comes to training and fitness.

"The mountain closures and travel limits, quite rightly, apply to us too and we sympathise with people's frustrations towards anyone flouting the rules.

"Unfortunately, while a team member was training on an open area of hills, they had a tyre let down on their parked vehicle. They were following all the government advice on travel and exercise and had driven a short distance from their home.

"Clearly this illegal and has safety implications beyond the frustration of changing a wheel.

"Current team policy is for team members to travel to an incident in their own vehicles, so on occasion there will be unfamiliar vehicles parking in and around villages in Snowdonia.

"The incident has been reported to North Wales Police Rural Crime Team who are taking an active interest in this type of incident. Anecdotally, there have been similar incidents recently.

"The Police can only act on incidents which have been reported so we urge anyone who has had a similar experience to report it to as soon as practical."