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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

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Vandals pour fuel over seats of Reays bus

Police are investigating a bizarre vandal attack on a Reays bus that was parked overnight in a secure depot.

Chris Reay photo
Chris Reay

Bosses at the business say they are baffled by the attack, in which diesel was poured over the seats and floor of one of the buses.

It happened at the firm’s Egremont depot at the Ennerdale Mill industrial estate between 6.45pm on Friday, January 17, and 6am Monday, January 20.

The targeted bus had been parked in the yard. The cost of cleaning up the damage could run into thousands.

Chris Reay, managing director of Wigton-based Reays Coaches, said they were shocked to hear of the attack.

“This was a very serious incident,” he said.

“Whoever got into the premises poured flammable liquid over the seats of one of our vehicles, for whatever reason.”

He paid tribute to the vigilance of staff, saying they were able to send out another vehicle in its place.

“Thanks to our watchful and experienced staff, none of our services were affected,” he added.

Mr Reay said the attack amounted to a very serious criminal offence which could carry a heavy jail sentence.

He added: “I would appeal to anyone with information to contact the police as a matter of urgency.”

A spokeswoman for the company told the News & Star it was “all a bit worrying.”

“You don’t know what’s going through people’s minds,” she said.

“It was our manager who realised there was a problem when he was checking the vehicles. We don’t think that kids are responsible.

“We don’t know why we were targeted or why it was done: or whether they just aimed to disrupt our services. We’re having to get in a specialist cleaner and if that doesn’t work we may have to get a new interior.”

She added that the firm would now review its security at the depot.

Police have appealed for anybody with information about the attack to get in touch as soon as possible on 101.

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