Shed wrecker: Police keen to trace owner of hydraulic rock breaker that crashed into garden in Anahilt

The hydraulic rock breaker demolished the rear of Mr Barclay's garden shed.
The hydraulic rock breaker demolished the rear of Mr Barclay's garden shed.

Police are trying to trace the owner of a hydraulic rock hammer that crashed into a man’s gardens in Anahilt, smashing through a hedge and destroying his shed.

David Barclay explained how he heard a loud crash at around 7am on Thursday, October 13 and went outside to find that a hydraulic rock hammer had smashed through the hedge at the back of his Woodfall Manor home. He believes the equipment fell off the back of a lorry as it travelled along the Ballynahinch Road.

The Krupp rock breaker is lying at the bottom of the hedge at the rear of Mr Barclay's Anahilt home.

The Krupp rock breaker is lying at the bottom of the hedge at the rear of Mr Barclay's Anahilt home.

“The rock breaker seems to be off a large digger of some sort,” he said. “It’s about seven feet long and probably weighs close to a ton.

“If I had been in the shed at the time I could have been killed. The whole shed is off its base and the inside is totally wrecked. There’s nothing left of the back wall of the shed at all - it’s beyond simple repair.

“I think by the time the old shed is removed, replaced and rewired, and other out of pocket expenses, I could be out quite a lot of money.”

Mr Barclay, who contacted the police about the incident, is hoping that whoever owns the yellow and black Krupp rock breaker comes back to recover it.

The PSNI's picture of the Krupp hydraulic rock breaker.

The PSNI's picture of the Krupp hydraulic rock breaker.

“The lorry seems to have been going quite quickly and didn’t stop. So far no-one has come back to claim it (the rock hammer),” he continued.

“It’s probably worth quite a bit of money, but now it’s just lying at the bottom of my hedge. Hopefully whoever owns it will come back and claim it, otherwise I don’t know how I’m going to get it out of the garden. It will probably require a crane to lift it out onto the road.”

Officers from PSNI Lisburn have posted a picture of the ‘Krupp MB3200 Hydraulic Breaker Arm’ on social media and have urged the owner of the valuable piece of equipment, thought to be worth several thousand pounds, to come forward.

“It is believed to have come off a vehicle in transit while on the Ballynahinch Road, Anahilt. Please contact Constable Donaldson on 101 quoting reference number 128 13/10/16 if you have any information. Please also share this as this can be a busy through road for a number of businesses over the region,” the police Facebook post said.

This was the second time that machinery has crashed into Mr Barclay’s property. Twelve years ago a trailer left the Ballynahinch Road, smashed through his hedge and came to rest upside down in his garden. His children were at home at the time and were lucky to escape injury.

Mr Barclay and his neighbour, whose fence was damaged in last week’s incident, are now calling for speed humps and improved safety measures on the route.

“This is the second time this sort of thing has happened and there are ongoing complaints about excessive speed through the village and the lack of traffic calming measures,” he added.

It’s understood they have contacted a number of local political representatives to highlight their concerns.