Foot­ball club’s ar­son at­tacks

Cynon Valley - - FRONT PAGE - TOM HOUGHTON tom.houghton@waleson­line.co.uk

A FOOT­BALL club is “fum­ing” at peo­ple “reg­u­larly start­ing fires” and lit­ter­ing cans and bro­ken bot­tles out­side their chang­ing rooms.

A FOOT­BALL club is “fum­ing” at peo­ple “reg­u­larly start­ing fires” and lit­ter­ing cans and bro­ken bot­tles out­side their chang­ing rooms.

Cwm­bach Royal Stars FC are an­gry at the amount of anti-so­cial be­hav­iour at their club­house in re­cent weeks.

Geraint Jones, sec­re­tary of the Cynon Val­ley club, said the team are turn­ing up for matches at the Re­cre­ation Ground to find fire dam­age, as well as of­ten hav­ing to clear up lit­ter be­fore matches.

Mr Jones said: “We have had peo­ple set­ting fire to the club­house be­fore but not as reg­u­larly as this. There have been three in the past week alone.

“It’s very frus­trat­ing. Ev­ery Satur­day and Sun­day be­fore the matches, we now al­ways need re­cy­cling bags be­cause of the num­ber of cans that are left there. It has a bad ef­fect on the club and it’s also very dan­ger­ous too.”

He said it’s been go­ing on for the last few months, and there was no space in the car park for par­ents at a re­cent match due to the amount of smashed glass.

“We’ve had a lot of fires out­side the chang­ing rooms and vis­it­ing teams to come to our club and see the state of it.

“I phoned the po­lice and coun­cil on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions but we are just be­ing passed from one au­thor­ity to the next.”

Mr Jones said no ac­tion over the mat­ter could mean dan­ger­ous con­se­quences for fa­cil­i­ties at the club, which runs both se­nior and youth foot­ball sides.

He ex­plained: “We’d like a fence around the chang­ing rooms, be­cause if it car­ries on this way, they are soon go­ing to go up in flames.

“It’s youths do­ing it – it’s just a few that ruin it for ev­ery­one.”

A spokes­woman for South Wales Po­lice said the force was aware of the is­sues at the club.

She added: “The lo­cal polic­ing team are in con­tact with the club and the coun­cil to dis­cuss what steps can be taken to ad­dress the prob­lem.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can call 101 or Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111 quot­ing ref no: 1700420311.”

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