More than €3,000 worth of damage was caused to a prominent Naas shopfront in a senseless act of vandalism.
The front window at Prout’s clothing store at South Main Street, near the Credit Union building, was effectively shattered when a young man apparently tried to kick the window in early on Friday morning last (June 20).
Prout’s is a well known local business which has been in business for over 40 years.
Proprietor Joan Prout told the Leader: “It is difficult enough to maintain a business in difficult economic times without this happening but, like other businesses in the area, we will try to remain open.”
Ms. Prout predicted that the damage will cost “thousands of euro” to repair because both a film on the inside of the glass, which protects the clothes from sunlight, as well as the window’s wooden structure were damaged.
It’s apparent from CCTV images at the scene that the two perpetrators were only interested in causing damage because an attempt was made to kick in a door at at least one nearby premises. The incident happened at about 2am.
Ms. Prout said that the support from customers, fellow shop owners and general public has been overwhelming, and the gards have been extremely helpful.
A youth is currently assisting gardai with their inquiries into the incident.
Former councillor and Naas native Mary Glennon condemned the incident as “mindless vandalism” adding “luckily they didn’t break the window or they might have severed an artery and died.”
She said Prout’s is one of the few long-standing businesses that have kept faith with Naas and the economic future of the town. “The newly elected council needs to get together with the gardai to make some effort to prevent these incidents,” she said.
It’s understood the gardai have questioned a youth in connection with the incident.