Biomass business hit by vandals

A van belonging to Border Biomass Fuels had its tyres slashed.

A van belonging to Border Biomass Fuels had its tyres slashed.

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Police are investigating an attack on a Berwick-based biomass business in which the tyres of its vehicles were slashed.

All eight tyres of two vans belonging to Border Biomass Fuels Ltd were slashed whilst parked at Letham Shank Cottage in the early hours of Sunday.

The attack caused an estimated £900 damage – and one of the vehicles was only two weeks old.

Company directors Joy Cogle and her partnerKevin Brown were upset by the incident but were back in business, continuing their deliveries the next day.

Joy said: “The local police were called and expressed the opinion that the company vehicles were targeted and deliberately sabotaged.

“Curiously, our neighbour’s Landrover Discovery was untouched, as was our daughter’s small car.”

Kevin added: “We were quite staggered when we saw what had happened.

“We’ve been working really hard to establish the business so it’s hard to take that someone appears to have had some reason to do this.

“However, we have also been overwhelmed by the amazing support and offers of help we’ve had from people,” he added.

“It meant we were back on the road again with one of the vehicles within 24 hours. The other van is still awaiting new tyres.”

The remote location of the incident made it even more surprising.

“We’re on a public footpath and bridleway so we get lots of dog walkers around here but it’s a quiet road without much traffic,” said Kevin.

They have now invested in a CCTV surveillance system to guard against any repeat.

“We just want to let people know that we are not going to be forced out,” said Kevin.

The business, which has an additional distribution depot in Cockburnspath, supplies UK-sourced renewable wood fuels to a customer base within a 50-mile radius.

“All of our fuels are homegrown here in the UK, often very locally-sourced and we’re one of the few wood-fuel merchants who refuse to deal in imported products from Eastern Europe which we believe to have questionable provenance,” said Joy.

“The company is very new having been established only 18 months ago following redundancy,” she added.

“Through a combination of hard work, offering great customer service and supplying only the very best quality homegrown fuels, the company has flourished and we have a growing customer base with a very high customer retention rate.”

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