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Recovery truck destroyed in overnight arson attack in Lisburn

Director of Marsden Recovery Specialists said business damaged by loss of specialist vehicle

By Laura Abernethy

Published 09/06/2016

The truck has been completely destroyed in the arson attack
The truck has been completely destroyed in the arson attack

A car recovery business has said an arson attack could hurt its trade for up to six months after one of their specialist vehicles was set alight in a ‘random attack’.

The recovery truck was parked outside a staff member’s house on the North Circular Road in Lisburn on Wednesday night.

Just after 2am on Thursday, he heard the window being smashed and within a few moments the vehicle was up in flames and has been completely destroyed.

Police believe the fire may have been started deliberately but director at the Lurgan-based firm, Kieran Marsden, said they are struggling to understand why they were targeted.

He said: “It seems to be a random act of vandalism, at least we hope so. It was frightening for him.”

The vehicle is worth over £100,000 and is one of only two of these specialist trucks with a crane owned by the company.

Marsden's believe it will be up to six months before they get another one and are concerned about the effect it will have on their business.

“These trucks aren’t readily available so it’s going to hurt our business. We really need to have two on the road so it will cause problems. We’re a local business and we just help with breakdowns so we just don’t understand why.”

The truck was parked on a quiet residential street, with family houses and a retirement home just metres away.

Mr Marsden added: “There are a lot of overhanging trees around there and the fire could have spread quickly. There’s a retirement home just across the road and I’m sure it caused them a lot of distress as well in the early hours of the morning.

“We’d appeal for anyone who knows anything to come forward and speak to the police.”

Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service spokesperson said: “Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) received a call at 2:07am to a report of a lorry on fire at the North Circular Road area of Lisburn in the early hours of Thursday 9th June.

“Two Fire Appliances from Lisburn Fire Station were deployed to the scene following the report of the fire. Firefighters using a hosereel jet and a CAF jet dealt with the incident.

“Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service finished at the scene at 2:55am and the fire is being treated as deliberate.”

Police said enquiries are at an early stage and officers are appealing for witnesses. The number to call is 101 - quote reference 101 of 09/06/16.

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