Rural crime wave costs Arran brewery £60,000
Vandals and thieves have caused more than £60,000 worth of damage after breaking into the Arran brewery’s new site in North Ayrshire three times in as many weeks.
The brewery is creating a sake brewery, bottling hall, research unit and visitor centre at the Dreghorn site, but it said the 30 jobs it will create are under threat due to the crime wave.
Managing director Gerald Michaluk said: “This is something we are not used to. You can leave your back door open on Arran [where the main brewery is based] with no fear of being robbed – everyone knows everyone and looks out for each other.
“Vandals and thieves have caused over £60,000 worth of damage to the site in the time between agreeing the deal to purchase the site and us moving in.
“Lead has been stolen from the roof resulting in major water damage internally, the copper boilers have been stolen from all three buildings, leaving one boiler house flooded.
“We have employed our first three staff but the break-ins continue and currently thieves are trying to steal kitchen equipment, this is all causing unbudgeted for work and if it continues will cause us delays in creating the over 30 jobs planned for the new facility.
“If crime is a serious issue in the area its time the good citizens fight back and retake their neighbourhood from the criminals. These boilers they stole are large and someone must have seen something, further they must have sold them somewhere.
“Someone must know who these thieves are and I urge anyone with information to report it to the police so these people can be removed from society, for a short time at least.
“Our site is monitored by CCTV, which clearly was no deterrent, but as the police examine the images I hope they will help convict the culprits. We now have an extra four cameras covering the site and SERCO monitoring the alarms. However, it will be our neighbours we will be relying on to report any suspicious activity so we can make the whole area a crime free zone.”