Vandals set fire to office

Date published: Tuesday, June 12, 2012

VANDALS have again attacked the Whitebank Stadium, home of Oldham Rugby League Club, this time breaking into two offices and setting fire to one of them, causing extensive damage.

“The match-day office is just a charred mess,” said distraught club chairman Chris Hamilton. “Until we start the clear-up operation we won’t know whether we can save it.”

He said the number of similar attacks on the stadium since the club moved in two years ago was “well into double figures.”

Vandals broke into the ground between Saturday tea time and Monday morning, forcing their way into both the match-day office and the match-day control room.

That incident was reported to police before Mr Hamilton and staff left the ground at 3.30pm on Monday.

He added: “At 7pm that evening I got another call at home from the police to say both they and the Fire Brigade were at the ground where the match-day office was well alight.

“We had secured the two buildings after the first attack, but they went back, broke into the match-day office a second time and set it alight.”

Police and forensic experts are investigating.

The club has also reported extensive damage to the perimeter fence at the bottom end of the ground, where the raiders are believed to have broken in.

Added Chris: “We have repaired that section of fencing several times, but all they do is smash it down again.

“Without a raft of money to fully secure the whole site it is difficult to know what we can do next. It’s just a battle of wits. I’m at the end of my tether, but I’ve said all that in the past.

“It’s one step forward and two back all the time.

“If fans or local businesses can help us, either with ideas of how to combat these these attacks, or with the possible provision of materials to help us with repairs, we would be delighted to hear from them.”