Vandals create £1,000 repair bill for Bourne Town Football Club

One of the vandalised lights
One of the vandalised lights

BOURNE Town Football Club has been left counting the cost after vandals struck three times in a week.

Gutters, bollards and fences have all been damaged at the club’s Abbey Lawn ground, leaving a £1,000 repair bill.

Chairman Nicky Hawkins discovered fences protecting the goalmouth had been torn up and the stand was full of broken glass when she arrived for Monday night’s match against Huntingdon.

On Saturday morning club officials had found three light bollards, which were cemented into place, had been knocked over and smashed up. And on Wednesday night last week guttering had been torn down but volunteers from the club managed to fix it.

Bourne United Charities, which owns the land, spent £80,000 four years ago installing a fence and lockable gates. They imposed a curfew, which is 10pm in summer, to combat problems with vandalism.

But club secretary Bob Lambert said it is still experiencing problems.

He said: “When the gates are opened later at this time of year it happens every time.

“I know for a fact the locking of the gates doesn’t deter them.”

Mr Lambert said the bollards, which were installed by Bourne United Charities to light the path from the Abbey Lawn entrance to the football ground, were “ totally trashed”.

He said: “We have just pulled up the two remaining posts. It is just better to be done with them now.

He added: “We just dread to think what is going to happen next.

“We just can’t take any more.”

Chairman of Bourne United Charities Trevor Hollinshead said the fence had improved the problems with vandalism which have plagued the Abbey Lawn for years.

He said: “There is always going to be a minority of people who cause trouble.”

In the past during Bourne United Charities has employed a security firm to carry out patrols.

Mr Hollinshead said: “We are always looking for solutions to vandalism problems and we will discuss it further in our next meeting.

“Since the fence went up I think most people would agree the Abbey Lawn are looking better for it.”