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Chorley Football Club burned and smashed

DAMAGE: Vandals broke tiles and set fire to an old seat. Inset, vice-chairman Graham Watkinson

DAMAGE: Vandals broke tiles and set fire to an old seat. Inset, vice-chairman Graham Watkinson

Vandals have once again targeted a football club causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.

Officials at Chorley Football Club have been left in a state of shock after yobs smashed roof tiles and attempted to set fire to an executive box.

It is thought the damage happened over the weekend at the Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium.

The damage is estimated to cost the club between £5,000 and £6,000.

The incident is just the latest in a long string of attacks on the club, in March thieves smashed through the roof and stole two televisions as well as causing damage totalling £10,000.

Club officials say that the repeated attacks have cost the club £30,000 in repair work.

Vice-chairman Graham Watkinson said: “They have smashed at least a dozen roof tiles but this time they haven’t managed to get in.

“A few seats in the main stand have been smashed and then they tried to set fire with one of the seats near the executive boxes.

“This isn’t great in pre-season we are spending money on repairing things rather than improving, this isn’t what we want to be doing and it eats away at a budget.”

The club are now exploring different options to help prevent thieves from breaking in again.

Mr Watkinson added: “We are in discussions with the police and a security firm to see what is the best option.

“We may look at installing barbed wire around the fences to try and keep these people away.”

Anyone with any information on the incident is urged to call police on 101.

 

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