Family-run business targeted by vandals

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Family-run business targeted by vandals thumbnailA damaged window at Glen Fresh Foods which was broken into on Monday night.

A FAMILY-run business in Strabane has been left counting the cost after becoming the latest target of vandals.

Glen Fresh Foods, located at the Dublin Road Industrial Estate, was targeted around 10.30pm on Monday night.

Significant damage was caused on the premises. Windows were smashed and vehicles were also targeted.

A gang of up to six youths, who are believed to have been looking for wooden pallets, was behind the incident.

It has also emerged that a neighbouring businessowner confronted the gang but he was then subjected to an attack himself when the youths attacked his vehicle.

Local independent councillor, Patsy Kelly, has spoken with the McShane family who run the business.

He says there must be an end to the recent trend of anti-social behaviour in the town.

"Glenfresh is family-run business which has been built up over the years. It is a good employer in the town and it's simply not acceptable that youths think they can break in and cause sheer, wanton destruction like this.

"I have spoken with the family and they are very disappointed. The pallets could have been taken from the premises and the business left alone.

"Instead, they've caused destruction and the business will now have to foot the repair for the cost of repairs.

"Hopefully the culprits will have been picked up on CCTV and that police can identify them and bring them before the courts

Mr Kelly said the damage and the wider trail of destruction and fires over the weekend was the work of a minority grouping and says parents must take responsibility.

"It is a minority who are running around, causing this trouble and bringing negative headlines to the town.

Parents have to stand up and to take responsibility and the question has to be asked of them Do they know where your kids are at especially at night? This is not acceptable behaviour and it has to stop.

Anyone with information or who may have seen anyone on or near the premises is asked to contact police on 101. Information can also be passed on anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 500 111.


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