Vandals hit Deepings Rugby Club for fifth time

Secretary Gordon Noakes and chairman Mark Owen
Secretary Gordon Noakes and chairman Mark Owen
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A RUGBY club chairman has condemned a “pointless” spate of vandalism that will cost the club £700.

The Deepings Rugby Club has been targeted five times in the last seven months, with the most recent incident on Friday last week when vandals attacked the posts at one end of the Linchfield Road first team pitch.

The posts were pulled down during the night and are now broken and unsafe to use.

Chairman Mark Owen said: “It’s just so pointless we now have to try and find £700 for a set of posts.

“Like any other business we simply do not have the money to spare at the moment, with the season just starting we have just invested any spare money we had in new training kit for the minis and juniors.

“I really am at a loss as to what possible enjoyment anyone could get out of pulling them down.”

Previous attacks have seen both sets of posts on the training pitch broken beyond repair, and cross sections removed from the barrier running the length of the first team pitch.

The training posts are still missing as the club cannot afford news sets. The barrier is required under Rugby Football Union regulations.

Mr Owen added: “On the first occasion we found the bars that had been removed and replaced them, only for the very same night the same bars to be removed and this time we were unable to find them.

“Bearing in mind these bars are quite heavy and have to be forced into place it would have taken a lot of effort to remove them.

“What with the pitch barrier and now the posts that is the best part of a pointless £1,000 spend.”

Police are investigating the vandalism and have made the club a priority area. The first team’s Lincolnshire Cup match at home against Sleaford will still go ahead tomorrow, but the second team’s fixture against Stewarts and Lloyds has been switched to an away game.

Police are appealing for information.