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Sunday 4 December 2016

Over €100k worth of damage caused to water contractor's vehicles

arson

A mini digger and truck burned out in an attack in Waterford
A mini digger and truck burned out in an attack in Waterford

More than €100k of damage was caused to three Irish Water sub-contractor vehicles in an arson attack on Tuesday night.

The incident happened at a compound outside Waterford City at approximately 11pm.

An accelerant, believed to be petrol, was used in the attack which local gardai are treating as arson.

Units from the Waterford City Fire Station as well as gardai arrived on the scene after receiving calls form members of the public about the blaze.

It is understood that two mini-diggers and a grab- lorry were extensively damaged in the incident.

Gardai confirmed that the attack was the worst on its kind involving Irish Water vehicles in Waterford. There was some "minor damage" caused to a van in the Ferrybank area last year.

A spokesperson for Irish Water confirmed the incident.

"Irish Water is aware of a fire that took place in the early hours of this morning at a compound on Lacken Road outside Waterford City, where equipment belonging to water meter installers working on behalf of Irish Water is stored. A garda forensic team has been on site and Irish Water is assisting with their investigation," the spokesperson said.

It's believed the vehicles belonged to sub-contractor GMC Sierra, who are responsible for installing meters for Irish Water.

When contacted by the Herald in relation to the incident, a worker for the company referred queries to Irish Water.

Packages containing human excrement have previously been sent to Irish Water staff , while in October of last year a firearm was pointed at an Irish Water worker.

Gardai seized a shotgun after it was produced in a confrontation between a resident of the Townparks, Ardee Co Louth and a worker installing water meters.

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