Rugby club hit by ‘thugs’ again

Ashton Bears chairman Steve Jones following the suspected arson attack at the clubhouse last February
Ashton Bears chairman Steve Jones following the suspected arson attack at the clubhouse last February
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A LOCAL rugby club has been left devastated after yobs broke into its new clubhouse, wreaking havoc and damaging items inside.

The building at Ashton Bears was only recently built after a suspected arson attack destroyed the last one in February 2014.

Since that, the community has rallied round, raising funds for the new clubhouse.

However, part of this work was ruined by vandals who also caused damage to a mini digger that was being used at the site.

It’s believed that the incident took place over the weekend and the club has today launched an appeal to find who is responsible with police investigating.

A spokesman said: “It is with sadness and upset that we can confirm that once again we have fallen foul to thugs.

“Somewhere between Saturday evening and Monday morning someone has broken in to the new part of the clubhouse, knocking down the partly built kitchen, pulling down the security fencing and causing substantial damage to the on site mini digger that does not belong to us!

“After all the heartache and hard work of the past 18 months these idiots have yet again ruined what we work for on a daily basis, in a flash!

“If anyone knows anything about this incident or saw anyone on the grounds of the club house please let us know. The police have been informed and all leads will be passed on.

“Further to this we’d like to take this time to remind people that Bear Park is private property which means no dog walking, no use as a sports field for leisure purposes and no access full stop.

“We are a community club who want to give back to you all but until we can ensure that what little we do have, remains safe then all use of the club and its grounds is for Ashton Bears use only.”

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