Sunday 16 June 2019

KBC branch in Swords hit by suspected arson

Incident was one of two on KBC branches in a 48-hour period

KBC Bank in Swords was the target of a suspected arson attack
KBC Bank in Swords was the target of a suspected arson attack

John Manning

An investigation is underway in Swords following a suspected arson attack on the local KBC bank, just before Christmas.

In the early hours of December 22, the Swords KBC hub became the bank's second outlet in 48 hours to be the subject of a suspected arson attack.

The blaze is believed to have been started deliberately at around 5.20am on the morning of December 22.

A window at the front of the bank is understood to have been smashed in by a rock and investigators believe an 'accelerant' was used to start the fire.

Gardaí were quickly at the scene and closed off the area while the fire brigade put out the blaze.

It is understood that nobody was injured in the apparent arson attack but extensive damage was sustained to the inside of the building on Main Street in Swords.

A technical examination of the scene was carried out and investigations into the incident are continuing at Swords Garda station.

The previous Thursday night, the same bank had been targeted in another suspected arson attack.

That incident occurred at the KBC branch in Sandwith Street in Dublin's city centre.

Gardaí are now appealing for witnesses to both incidents.

KBC had no comment to make on the incidents other than to say they were aware of them and wer etaking additional security measures to protect their staff.

Fingal Independent