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Shop windows smashed at Swansea double glazing firm

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 23, 2013

By Jason Evans

MESSAGE ALERT Window fitter Stephen Randall outside his damaged showroom

MESSAGE ALERT: Window fitter Stephen Randall outside his damaged showroom

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A BUSINESS has been attacked by vandals before it has even opened — and the culprits phoned the boss to tell him they were doing it.

The front windows of the new MPN Windows showroom in the shadow of Swansea's Liberty Stadium were smashed — apparently with a brick — in the early hours of the morning.

The company is currently refurbishing the Neath Road building and plans to open its doors next month.

Police are appealing for anybody with information on the attack — which it is thought happened in the early hours of Monday — to come forward.

MPN managing director Paul Webster said the attackers had left a message on his mobile phone saying they had done it — and he said it was not the first call he had received about the new premises.

He said: "When we originally began work on the shop we had a call telling us not to move in or there would be trouble — I took it with a pinch of salt, and didn't report it to the police.

"Then the boys in the showroom rang on Monday morning to say the windows had been smashed, and when I checked my mobile there was a message at 5.40am with the caller saying he had told us not to open and now they had carried out the threat.

"I couldn't believe what I was hearing — it was incredible.

"It was a pretty brazen attack. It looks like they picked up a house brick and smashed window then smashed the other.

"I've been in the double glazing industry 22 years and it can be a pretty robust business at times, but this is crazy."

He added: "We are not going to be put off — it is going to take more than a few smashed windows to stop us from opening."

The company — which has bases in Briton Ferry, Glyncorrwg, Bridgend and Maesteg — is now fitting roller shutters to its new Swansea showroom.

Police say they are investigating the attack, and are appealing for anybody with information to come forward.

A South Wales Police spokesman said: "Police are investigating an incident of criminal damage at the MPN double glazing premises on Neath Road, Swansea, which happened sometime between 5pm on Saturday, January 19 and 7.2am on Monday, January 21.

"We are appealing to anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area at the time, or anyone with information about the incident, to come forward."

Can you help? Call police on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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  • JerryLew  |  January 25 2013, 12:13AM

    MPN have an advert on the swep pop ups - just a coincidence I guess.

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  • brochadav  |  January 23 2013, 10:40AM

    Business rival? Personal matter? Or just an idiot who thought it funny to make (and subsequently carry out) a threat? There are lots of idiots around, I hope the police catch the perpetrator.

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