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The builder who allegedly smashed up the entrance of a newly built Travelodge with a digger in has appeared in court.

John Arthur Manley, 35, was charged with criminal damage and recklessly endangering life at Sefton Magistrates Court this morning.

Manley has previously said he smashed up the reception of the hotel in Edge Lane, Liverpool, on 21 January because he was owed money for work.

MERCURY PRESS. 15/02/19. Liverpool, UK. John Arthur Manley leaves Sefton Magistrates Court this morning after being released on bail. A man has appeared in court charged with a Travelodge digger rampage. John Manley, 35, of St Aidan???s Way, Netherton, Liverpool, appeared at Sefton Magistrates Court this morning [FRI] charged with criminal damage and recklessly endangering life. Manley, who wore a navy Underarmour t-shirt and Adidas jacket, was bailed to appear at Liverpool Crown Court on March 15. SEE. MERCURY COPY. Photo Credit: Ian Hinchliffe/Mercury Press
John Arthur Manley seen leaving Sefton Magistrates Court this morning after being released on bail (Picture: Ian Hinchliffe/Mercury Press)

However, it later emerged that the builder had received his salary – he just hadn’t checked his account before the rampage.

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Manley, who wore a navy Under Armour T-shirt and Adidas jacket, was bailed to appear at Liverpool Crown Court on 15 March.

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Footage filmed by a colleague shows the digger arm tearing down the ceiling, smashing through the windows and destroying the front desk.

He can be heard shouting in the video: ‘I told you 600 f***ing quid’, as he ploughs through glass windows, wrecking the ceiling and front desk.

This unbelievable footage shows the bizarre moment a digger driver ploughed into a new hotel building during a bizarre rampage. The video was captured shortly before 3pm today when the plant vehicle can be seen mounting the steps in front of the hotel at Liverpool Innovation Park on Edge Lane. After reaching the top of the steps, the arm of the digger is sent crashing through the glass at the top of the door before tearing through the entrance. A few moments later, the digger rolls back out of the entrance and down the steps but the determined operator heads back up and through the front door. Once inside the reception of the hotel, the digger then proceeds to crash into walls and the front desk. A number of workers can be seen cheering on the driver while videoing the incident on their phones - others appear to be trying to stop him. Images Liverpool Echo
Footage shows the digger arm smashing through the windows (Picture: Liverpool Echo)
Videograb image of the damage caused to the Travelodge in Edge Lane, Liverpool after a man drove a digger through the front of it. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday January 21, 2019. Footage which has gone viral online shows the vehicle repeatedly smashing through the reception of the hotel on Edge Lane, which is under construction and was set to be completed on Monday. See PA story POLICE Digger. Photo credit should read: Samuel White /PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
It tears down the ceiling and destroying the front desk (Picture: PA)

A number of coworkers can be seen cheering on as the digger destroys the building.

The incident caused extensive damage to the hotel.

A crowdfunder was set up for the builder and raised almost £7,000 after it was claimed he was owed money.

However, Manley’s coworkers has since said the money had been paid, but a banking error meant their wages appeared on Monday instead of Friday.

It’s believed he had been working for MF Construction, based in Cheshire, and his co-workers said the delay sent him into a rage.

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