Posted: Fri 28th Oct 2016

Football club left ‘heart broken’ after mindless vandals attack dug outs.

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Friday, Oct 28th, 2016

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Heart broken volunteers at Saltney Town football club have been left counting the cost of the latest bout of mindless vandalism to blight Deeside in the past few days.

Club Secretary Marc Edwards arrived at the Sandy Lane pitches this morning, Friday October 28 to prepare for the weekends junior matches only to discover two perspex dugouts worth around £3000 had been attacked and vandalised by yobs overnight. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Vandals kicked and smashed fourteen perspex panels which shelter players and coaches at the side of the pitch. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Mark Edwards the clubs Secretary who made the discovery today said:

“I’m really disappointed more than anything, we’re run by volunteers who give up their time to help improve our community. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

To be attacked like this is heart breaking. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

We have games this Sunday for the 4 and 5 year olds and instead of excitement of playing on the best pitch they get to witness the affects of mindless vandalism.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Saltney Councillor Veronica Gay said the vandalism is wreckless, selfish and soul destroying and has called on Flintshire County Council to support and protect the area;

“Saltney Town Football Club work tirelessly putting many many hours of voluntary time supporting the club, pitches and its players including Saltney Super Stars. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

This mindless vandalism needs to stop and I call on Flintshire County Council to support and protect the area as they do in other areas. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

A meeting has been held with Deputy Council Leader Cllr Bernie Attridge to see what can be done to make the area more secure for the school and the football club.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Anybody with any information is urged to contact the police on 101 ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Reports of vandalism

The latest incident follows a string of vandalism incidents reported in Deeside recently including alonbg the River Dee cycle path and the former John Summers head office building. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Yobs were caught on camera last week allegedly ripping up fencing by the River Dee Shotton. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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We sent the video of this incident to North Wales Police, Flintshire County Council and Sustrans Cymru – non of them have replied to date.

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Picture – NE Wales Rangers

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