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28th APRIL 1994

REWARD AFTER £20,000 FIRE AT COAL PLANT

       
   

     
   

STORY:
ARTHUR WILLIAMS

PHOTO:
JAMES DAVIES

 
    GUTTED …One of the storage buildings at Pentre pre-packed coal of Betws.  

REWARD AFTER £20,000 FIRE AT COAL PLANT

ARSONISTS who caused damage worth £20,000 to a Betws private coal washery on Friday night have been accused of trying to put the company out of business.

Mr. Richard Owens, owner of Pentre pre-pack coal. Of Glyn Cywarch, Maesquarre Road, is now offering £1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those involved.

“Whoever did this must have been mad and I believe it was an attempt to put us out of business.”

Mr. Owens's father, Mr. Raymond Owens told the Guardian. The arson attack resulted in damage being caused to two offices, a mobile office, and a weighbridge.

The tyres of two lorries and a loader shovel were also slashed and conveyor belts were cut in half.

Mr. Raymond Owens added: “The first we knew about it was when the police called at my home late on Friday night. We were very shocked to hear this and whoever caused it must have had a warped mind.

“We are also so devastated with the arson attack that we are offering £1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of whoever is in involved.”

The Owens family from Garnant employ 12 people between the washery and the private mine they run at Penllwyn mew mine, Llannon.

Ammanford's CID chief, Detective Inspector Harry Rees, said they were treating the attack as arson which resulted in two fire engines from Ammanford being called to the scene.

“Police are appealing for information to the sighting of a blue coloured Transit type van with windows on the side which was seen being driven in the lane leading from the mine at about 8.15pm the same evening,” he added.

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