Athletic’s ground hit by young vandals

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A gang of yobs smashed lights and caused damage to the changing facilities used by a children’s football team.

Officials at Tingley Athletic Football Club were discovered hundreds of pounds worth of damage had been caused when they arrived at the clubhouse on Casson Avenue last week.

Also the club’s life-saving defibrillator which was bought after months of fundraising was left exposed after the perpetrators smashed the box it is kept in. The defibrillator is located on he side of the clubhouse to use in an emergency.

One of the club’s managers, Mick Asquith, who was heavily involved in the fundraising himself, said that although the box had been vandalised, he believed that they could still use the defibrillator itself

He said:“These things happen.

“The kids probably don’t know what it is there for.

“I was cheesed off when I heard about it, having put all the fundraising work in, but at least the defibrillator is still there and it’s not been stolen.”

Pictures of the damage were posted on the club’s Facebook page and were shared more than 360 times and has helped police to identify the vandals.

PC Matt Sedgley from Morley Neighbourhood Policing Team said they were waiting for an exact monetary value to be put on the damage before they proceeded.

He said either a “community resolution” would be found, or police may issue the individuals with a caution.

Mr Asquith added: “I don’t know now what the club will do, whether they’ll get the parents of the kids to pay or the kids will pay it themselves. “They’re only kids at the end of the day but they can’t go round doing things like that. “The Facebook sharing’s been phenomenal, that’s probably what’s helped the police.”