Rugby club boss: Leave us alone

The Ashton Bears RLFC clubhouse
The Ashton Bears RLFC clubhouse

BOSSES at Ashton Bears RLFC are pleading with yobs who have broken into their new clubhouse, breaking a security fence and trashing the kitchen, to “leave us alone”.

It’s less than 18 months since the former building was destroyed by fire, which was initially treated as a suspected arson attack.

This will put us back a bit with the building. I just hope these people leave us alone now

Ashton Bears chairman Steve Jones

Following the blaze the local community rallied round to raise money for a new clubhouse to be built.

But over the weekend yobs broke into the club’s Low Bank Road home and even vandalised a digger being used by contractors who are carrying out work on the new-build.

“It’s absolutely sickening,” said Ashton Bears chairman Steve Jones. “They pulled down security fencing and got into the clubhouse which is currently being built.

“They’ve demolished the partly-built kitchen and they’ve just vandalised the place.

“They’ve damaged an excavator that belongs to the contractors who are on site working on the clubhouse.

“With the summer holidays under way, we are praying this isn’t the start of something that will just carry on. We want to put a stop to it.

“This will put us back a bit with the building. I just hope these people leave us alone now.”

More than 1,000 people attended a recent fun day to help generate funds for the club.

It’s hoped that the kind donation of four security cameras from semi-pro club Swinton Lions will now deter vandals in the future.

Local councillor Nathan Murray said: “This is a disgusting act of vandalism. Ashton Bears is a great community club; everyone in the area knows somebody who is connected.

“Councillors Nigel Ash, Ann Rampling and myself will help however we can.”