‘Reckless action’ of vandalism in Derrylin

An oil tanker bearing the logo "Cassidy Oils" was rammed into the head office of the former Quinn Group (now known as the Aventas Group) and set alight overnight.  The PSNI are investigating what seems to be a retaliation attack for the renaming of the group.  Photo: Lorraine Teevan
The PSNI have condemned last week’s vandalism at the Head Quarters of the Aventas Group (formerly Quinn Group), Derrylin last week.

The PSNI have condemned last week’s vandalism at the Head Quarters of the Aventas Group (formerly Quinn Group), Derrylin last week.

Last Wednesday night, December 11 a stolen oil tanker was rammed into the front doors of the Aventas HQ on the Ballyconnell Road, Derrylin and was set alight. The incident took place at approx 11pm and fire brigades quickly got the blaze under control, no one was injured.

In a statement issued on Thursday night, the PSNI condemned what they described as criminal damage and attempted arson attack. Police said this was “a reckless action” which could have had serious consequences to people still on the premises or to other members of the public using the main road which was only some meters away.

“While police aimed to minimise any adverse disruption to the local community, those who perpetrated this attack last night had no regard for those working, living or visiting the area in the weeks running up to Christmas.”

The newly named Aventas Group have called the vandalism “a moronic attempt to disrupt our business.” A spokesperson for Aventas said services are operating as normal since the incident. They said “This latest incident is part of a continuing campaign of sabotage, intimidation and vilification against this company and certain of its employees. We are aware that all of these criminal activities are orchestrated by a minority group and their sponsors outside our business, but in the local community. These people have a concerted agenda to undermine and destabilise our business with their own misguided and self-interested agenda in mind.”

Patricia Gilheaney of Concerned Irish Citizens told the paper they “do not condone vandalism and have grave reservations about the fact that much of the vandalism has occurred at Head Office, which is allegedly where security congregate. The question must be asked; How could this happen without security staff being aware of it and who has to benefit from these incidents?”

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