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Man at centre of fire-resistant glass fraud probe released on bail

BY Michael McHugh and Paul Higgins

A man arrested by detectives investigating an alleged fire-resistant window glass fraud in Northern Ireland has been released on bail.

Police have urged anyone who may have bought the glass from a company called Glassworks Ireland Ltd to have it checked.

Sources close to the investigation allege that Glassworks was paid hefty sums to install high specification fire safety glass at the Ulster Hospital and Strathearn School in east Belfast.

It is designed to withstand higher temperatures than normal glass, giving anyone trapped inside a burning building a potential way of escape. But concerns were raised over glass supplied by the firm which was marked as 'Pyroguard'.

Police are understood to be investigating whether in fact the top of the range glass was actually installed or whether a cheaper, less safe product was used.

Pyroguard is recognised, approved and certified as fire-rated. However, Glassworks Ireland Ltd has not purchased it from the manufacturer.

A PSNI spokeswoman said a 42-year-old man was arrested yesterday and is helping officers with their inquiries.

He was later released on bail pending further police enquiries, police said.

Glassworks Ireland Ltd is based on the Hillview industrial estate in Randalstown, Co Antrim.

A spokesperson for The South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust said they "received a safety alert from the Department of Health NI on August 29, 2013 in respect of counterfeit fire rated glass".

The trust immediately investigated the glass installed on site.

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