Vandals hit Whitebank again

Date published: Monday, December 19, 2011

THE Whitebank Stadium home of Oldham RL Club has been vandalised again . . . only two weeks after youths broke into the ground and set fire to a portable toilet, causing damage estimated at 1,000.

This time vandals targeted the club’s refreshment trailer, which Roughyeds acquired from Super League club St Helens when work to demolish the Saints’ former home at Knowsley Road started last year. 

“They smashed their way into the trailer and then caused more damage inside, but there was nothing for them to steal because we don’t leave things in there,” said club chairman Chris Hamilton.

Scene-of-crime officers have taken away items which may have fingerprints on them.

This is the seventh time Whitebank has been raided in less than a year, having suffered five breaks-ins and two fires.

Anyone with relevant information is asked to contact Oldham police, Oldham RL Club on 0161 628 3677 or, anonymously, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

On a happier note, head coach Tony Benson got an early Christmas present when he won the weekly £300 first prize in the Roughyeds’ Club Cash lottery.