Bomb call and poles cut close to Quinn Group

There was a security alert at the Quinn Group in Ballyconnell and Derrylin following a bomb call close to the glass factory on Monday, April 15.

There was a security alert at the Quinn Group in Ballyconnell and Derrylin following a bomb call close to the glass factory on Monday, April 15.

The alarm was raised at Quinn Glass on Monday morning after a call was made warning of a device which had been left close to the factory premises on the Belturbet Road in Derrylin, Co Fermanagh. The PSNI informed the Quinn Group about the call and searched the area around the factory, but no employees were evacuated from any of the Quinn Group buildings, and no roads were closed. The PSNI spent a number of hours in the area before declaring the site to be safe Monday evening.

The Quinn Group said they were alerted about the device by the police, they said the area was searched and nothing was found. A spokesperson for the group said it was “business as usual on Monday.”

Also on the same day, two poles carrying high voltage electricity in Derrylin were cut part way through with a chainsaw and left for the forecasted strong winds to bring them down.

Northern Ireland Electricity engineers have made the situation safe, but they said there could have been lethal consequences for unsuspecting members of the public.

“Electricity is unforgiving,” warned Randal Gilbert from the company. “These cut poles could have fallen on an unsuspecting farmer, walker, passing vehicle or on livestock with potentially fatal consequences.”

Mr Gilbert stressed that anyone attempting to fell poles which support high voltage wires is putting their own life at risk. He said, “It has the potential to kill anyone coming in contact with it, either those responsible for this deliberate damage or an unsuspecting member of the public. I cannot stress enough that this vandalism must stop immediately before someone is seriously injured, or indeed killed.”

The Quinn Group said this vandalism was “not on our property.” It is however the latest in a long line of vandalism in the Derrylin area close to the Quinn Group business.

Northern Ireland Electricity is appealing for these attacks to end. Anyone with information on the attacks is asked to come forward.