Thieves smash into Whitebank

Date published: Tuesday, March 11, 2014
THIEVES smashed their way into five separate outbuildings inside Oldham Rugby League Club’s Whitebank Stadium only hours after the Roughyeds’ first home game of the season.
The raid was discovered early on Monday morning and must have taken place during Sunday night after the 20-20 draw with Hemel Stags earlier in the day.
Club chairman Chris Hamilton said considerable damage was caused to the match-day office, the joint sponsors’ suite and boardroom, the ground safety officer’s control room, the refreshment facility and the ground maintenance cabin.
“Apart from the social club, which was not targeted, that’s every building at the ground,” he added.
“We thought we had got beyond this sort of thing — it’s a long time since it last happened — so its dealt the club a blow it could well have done without.
“We’ll just keep going, and keep working, and keep on doing all our work in the community, which is extremely well received locally.
“We are still checking on what has been stolen, but significant damage has been caused to all five buildings, which look to have been attacked with crowbars.”
Police are investigating.
Oldham’s next league game at Whitebank is not until April 13, when Gateshead Thunder visit, but they could be at home a week earlier if they win at amateurs Egremont Rangers (Cumbria) on Saturday and qualify for the fourth round of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup.