Foot­ball clubs cry foul over van­dals’ at­tacks

■ Thugs have caused £2,000 of dam­age to goal­posts at the town’s re­cre­ation ground with three at­tacks in 48 hours – leav­ing the teams who had bought them hugely out of pocket.

Ashbourne News Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By CHRIS HARPER christo­[email protected]­ @chrisharperdt

VAN­DALS have caused se­ri­ous dam­age to a valu­able pair of new foot­ball goals on the town’s re­cre­ation ground.

Yobs broke two goal­posts and put them out of ac­tion, leav­ing the teams with a huge re­pair bill, af­ter they worked hard to raise money to buy them in the first place.

The goals are used by Ash­bourne Aztecs and Ash­bourne Foot­ball Club and ac­cord­ing to Aztecs pres­i­dent Ju­lian Bur­ton the van­dals struck three times in 48 hours steal­ing locks and break­ing pieces of the £2,000 goal posts.

The first in­ci­dent took place on Satur­day, Novem­ber 17.

Dam­age in­cludes bent cross­bars and posts which are es­ti­mated to cost the club £300 to £400 to put right.

Mr Bur­ton says that he be­lieved it was the “worst van­dal­ism” at the ground for the past 12 years.

He said: “I had one of the coaches ring me on the Satur­day to let me know there had been dam­age done to the posts.

“I went down to have a look at it but re­alised I wasn’t able to sort it and thought I’d come back the next day.

“On the Sun­day I came down and no­ticed that they ap­peared to be far more dam­aged than I pre­vi­ously no­ticed.

“I put some locks on the posts, which are num­ber coded, and they have been re­moved, not just once but twice and taken away.

“Af­ter I came back from

I put some locks on the posts and they have been re­moved, not just once but twice and taken away. Ju­lian Bur­ton

watch­ing the Eng­land game on the Sun­day, they had fin­ished it off and shoved the posts over.”

Mr Bur­ton has said he has re­ported the dam­age to Der­byshire Dales District Coun­cil and also Der­byshire po­lice. He is also call­ing for more CCTV to be in­stalled on the ground in or­der to pre­vent more dam­age be­ing caused in the fu­ture.

He added: “It’s just mind­less. I don’t know why they do it. Ash­bourne is a quiet place and there’s no point to it.

“I’m not sure if it’s young boys show­ing off and look­ing big but it is quite sad to see this hap­pen to us.”

A spokesman for Der­byshire Dales District Coun­cil said: “We are al­ready in dis­cus­sion with the chair of Ash­bourne Aztecs about this and have com­mit­ted to un­der­take a re­view of the ex­ist­ing CCTV cam­era which cov­ers some ar­eas of the Re­cre­ation Ground.”

Ju­lian Bur­ton, pres­i­dent of Ash­bourne Aztecs, and above, the dam­age to one set of goal­posts, which he puts at about £2,000 in to­tal

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