Thieves target quarry for third time

OVER 60,000 euro worth of copper wiring has been stolen from a quarry on the outskirts of the city in recent months.

OVER 60,000 euro worth of copper wiring has been stolen from a quarry on the outskirts of the city in recent months.

The latest break in took place in the early hours of Saturday morning, December 11 when thieves broke into the quarry and cut a number of locks. Wiring, estimated to be worth 50,000 euro was stolen last August and the site was targeted again in September.

Managing director of McKeon quarry in Three Castles, Niall Kavanagh, told the Kilkenny People that the thefts were having a real impact on his business. "We had to send workers home because we have to locate new materials and machinery was also damaged and we have lost four production days.

"We increased security following the earlier break ins and gardai are examining CCTV footage. I am appealing to anyone who has information or knows where this wiring can be obtained cheaply to contact the gardai," he said.

Mr Kavanagh added that he employs 50 people locally. "This type of criminal activity is placing people's jobs at risk. A number of other quarries have also been targeted so we are hoping to form an action group with the assistance of the gardai to help prevent this sort of crime happening in the future," he added. Anyone with information is asked to contact the gardai on 056- 772222.