Vandals cost Dalton businessman £10k in repairs
Last updated at 13:50, Tuesday, 15 April 2014
A FURNESS businessman has ploughed more than £10,000 into repairing his property after constant vandals attacks by children.
Mike Sunderland is investing £50,000 in his company and has become disheartened with the weekly damage.
The managing director of KEE Ltd, formerly Kaymas, in Market Street, Dalton, said it is disheartening to be investing in the local community and having to deal with the vandals.
Mr Sunderland, who also lives in the town, is spending thousands bringing the property up to a high standard but has now had to invest even more to deter those causing the damage.
The businessman said the damage was being caused by local children and youngsters from Barrow who have been climbing on the flat roof at the back of the premises.
He said: “They have been going up there and causing a lot of damage by ripping tiles off the roof. There can be five to six of them at one time.
“The windows at the front have also been smashed and had to be replaced. Every time they are smashed it costs me £4,000 to replace.
“They leave holes in the roof and if one of them fell through it they would fall 15 metres on to a concrete floor.
“To stop them climbing on to the flat roof I have had to put up wooden fences which has cost me £2,000.
“The children are aged between 11 and 15 and there can be five to six at anyone time. They are old enough to know better.
“I was leasing the company before Christmas but now I have bought it and am spending £50,000 on it and rebranding it. I employ local people and moved the company from Aberdeen to Dalton and I want to build it up here because its a good town and it is good for us as a business. What we can’t keep doing is paying out because of these children vandalising.
“It just seems to be mindless. They get on the flat roof and just go crazy. They might think its harmless but they are causing a lot of trouble.
“As soon as all the work is done I will be installing CCTV and we will be prosecuting anyone we catch.”
KEE Ltd provides electrical services to the oil and gas, marine and heavy engineering industries.
Police have been working with Mr Sunderland to help him secure his property and if you have any information about those involved call Dalton police on 101.
First published at 13:48, Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Come on what do you mean, kids from Barrow are calling up at Dalton to climb on the roof, some how I think NOT.
I am very sorry to hear about any damage, but come on, if you going to point the finger, you need to get facts right