A COUPLE fear they are the victims of a hate campaign which is putting people’s lives at risk.
Peter and Heather Morgan are the owners of the four-wheel drive training centre Motor Safari, which is based at a former quarry site, Seren Country Park in Bwlchgwyn, and which has worked with a number of television programmes including Top Gear and Fifth Gear.
Mr Morgan says over the last few weeks a series of sinister attacks have taken place which have put people in danger.
In one incident guiding sticks used to mark out a 4X4 vehicle trail were changed by saboteurs, but the new false route would have led the driver over a cliff.
In another attack a device with sharp spikes to puncture tyres was found and Mr Morgan said if someone had stepped on it they could have impaled their foot.
“One of our customers has driven a Landrover Discovery on the course. When he left he found he’d suffered punctures on all wheels, with nail marks in the tyres,” said Mr Morgan.
“We have had locks glued. It makes you wonder what is going to happen next. A trip wire? We just don’t know.
“We are the victim of a hate campaign. We don’t know why, possibly someone is trying to force us to leave the site. It shows a disturbed mind.”
Mrs Morgan said: “We ensure we walk the site before anyone goes on it and it is marshalled at all times.
“We have just completed a large investment in CCTV and security worth thousands of pounds to help apprehend these individuals.
“We have spent the last four years returning the site to a country park – nature reserve.
“This has been achieved despite Peter’s serious ill health, he has been fighting cancer. We have turned the park into a national flagship venue that attracts customers from across the UK.
“We train Bangor University researchers from the department of hydrology and ecology, and run training courses for organisations such as BT engineers, Voluntary Service Overseas volunteers, park rangers, and St John Ambulance.
“We are a small family business and one of the jewels in Wrexham’s tourism crown. The motives of the people responsible for these highly dangerous attacks is unclear.
“We own the site and are committed to be good neighbours within the community. Because of Peter’s serious illness I am finding these criminal actions deeply distressing.”
She added: “This is a superb family orientated venue that offers tremendous scope for local jobs and trade.
“We only use local accommodation and country pubs such as The Moors Inn Bwlchgwyn for catering.
“Motor Safari has been very successful in bringing high profile media attention to the area from Blue Peter to training the celebrities for the BBC’s The World’s Most Dangerous Roads.
“We are a local, Welsh family who take great pride in highlighting the history of the site.”
Cllr John Edwards, the chairman of Minera Community Council, said he was shocked to hear about the attacks.
“A lot of hard work has been put into the site. I would urge anyone who sees anything suspicious or knows anything about the attacks to get in contact with the police,” Cllr Edwards added.
A police spokesman said: “We have had reports of criminal damage on the site.
“Police have increased patrols in the area and inquiries are on-going.”
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