Vandals in wrecking spree at football stadium

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A GANG of up to 40 youths went on a wrecking spree at a West Yorkshire football club’s ground.

The vandals smashed 23 seats in the main stand at Ossett Town’s Ingfield stadium on Prospect Road on Thursday night.

The damage was witnessed by 63-year-old Graham Firth, honorary president of the semi-professional Evo-Stik Northern Premier League club.

Mr Firth was verbally abused by a group of around a dozen youths after he asked them to leave the stand at around 7.30pm on Thursday.

After calling police, Mr Firth went back to the stand around half-an-hour later where a group of 40 youths had gathered and were causing damage.

Mr Firth said: “To attack a community club is just disgraceful, especially when it is run on a voluntary basis.

“We are going to have to find the finances now for repair work.”

Lee Broadbent, the club’s vice president, said: “It is incredible disappointing. We pride ourselves on being a community club, which is open to anyone in Ossett to come along and get involved in.

“We have got 350 junior players. I cannot fathom or understand people’s mentality to see that as a worthwhile activity on a Thursday night. It’s beyond belief.”

Inspector Mark Chamberlain of Wakefield Police, said: “We were called to reports of criminal damage on Town End, Ossett at 7.46pm on Thursday 2 January.

“Officers attended and enquiries into the incident remain on going part on going. I would encourage anyone who witnessed the incident to let us know by reporting it on 101.

Reports like this are treated seriously and officers regularly patrol Ossett and the surrounding area to provide a reassuring presence.”