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Near Nantes, driving a stolen bulldozer, they break street furniture for several thousand euros


During the night from Saturday to Sunday, the surroundings of the sports hall of the town of Montbert (Loire-Atlantique) were ravaged by a construction machine which had been stolen. The mayor who says he is disappointed by this gratuitous violence.

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The damage list is extensive.

The gantry of a torn car park, five candelabra destroyed, wooden fences overturned over 70 meters long, clumps of plants and crushed pipes... This is part of the sad assessment of the damage committed, on Saturday night in Sunday, in the town of Montbert, located about twenty kilometers south of Nantes.

"I am annoyed and disgusted by this gratuitous violence"

, complains Jean-Jacques Mirallié, the mayor of the town.

“I was not elected to handle this stuff.

It's tiring

,” he complains to Le



As for his constituents, with whom he was able to exchange, they say they are




in the face of

"this type of behavior"


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bogged down in a septic tank

The damage was committed around 3 a.m. with the help of a construction machine, a bulldozer, parked in a nearby construction site.

“It started in a field.

Then, the machine crossed a municipal road which provides access to the sports hall.

It was plowed over 50 meters with a ripper”

, relates the city councilor.

For now, it is closed to traffic.

“We will have to redo it”

, explains Jean-Jacques Miraillé who estimates the overall envelope for repairs

“between 50,000 and 100,000 euros”


Part of a municipal road was damaged by the passage of the construction machine.

“We will have to redo it”

, laments the mayor of Montbert.

Town hall of Montbert

The bulldozer then destroyed many elements around the sports complex.

The rampage ended when he got bogged down in a septic tank after the ground gave way under the weight of the construction machine.

“There is no obvious target.

It is a gratuitous act, committed at random.

If the town has already experienced incivility, this is the first time that a phenomenon of such magnitude has happened

, ”regrets the mayor who would have done well without it.

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Several complaints filed

It remains to be seen who was behind the wheel of the construction machine.

It is up to the gendarmes of the Clisson and Aigrefeuille-sur-Maine brigades to try to determine it.

In this, they will not be able to count on witnesses since no one realized what happened in the middle of the night.

“In my opinion, he is someone who has the skills to start and drive a bulldozer

,” says Jean-Jacques Mirallié.

As for the presence of accomplices, it is almost certain because another construction machine was used during the disastrous equipped to move materials.

In response, the community decided to file a complaint.

Same thing for the community of communes Grand Lieu community.

The public works company, which owns the construction machine, did the same.

What about insurance?

“We don't have any for street furniture.

We will have to see with the insurance of the owner of the vehicle”

, specifies the mayor of Montbert.

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Soon CCTV?

The absence of witnesses could not be compensated by any video surveillance camera, since the town - which has just over 3,000 inhabitants - is not equipped with one.

“We have a CCTV project.

With what has just happened, this risks accelerating our thinking.

The question will arise”

, anticipates Jean-Jacques Mirallié.

The city councilor still points to the


of such equipment which would affect

“the whole of the town”


Discussions on this subject should take place within the municipal council.

Source: lefigaro

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