The local football club was broken into, vandalised and the pitch left unusable after travellers ‘pitched’ up on the football grounds playing field.
A football club in Solihull, Birmingham was subject to theft, disorder and destruction late last month. Wake Green Football Club’s weekly activities were inconsiderately disrupted after a convoy of caravans moved onto the football club’s playing pitch.
The travellers reportedly gained access to the pitch after the padlock to the area was forcibly broken. Approximately 40 caravans then made home to the playing field which subsequently caused football match cancellations.
Furthermore, the football club’s clubhouse had also been broken into during the time the travellers inhabited the ground. The break-in included cash having been stolen from the football club’s clubhouse. The burglary was also reported to West Mercia Police on Monday 23rd. Investigations are subsequently being held.
Volunteer of 52 years, Ted James commented:
“We are devastated because we are self-funded.
“All the money raised is by the people themselves, we get no grants from the council and it costs us £12,000 in rent and maintenance”.
Enquiries into the cash sums stolen, outbuildings which have been broken into and the damage that was done to the pitch are all on-going.
The volunteer-run club had to consequently cancel and postpone games until repairs to the football club have been made. A clean-up project was arranged in order to get the pitch back in use as soon as possible. Five adult teams and hundreds of children have now been left unable to use the facilities until the clean-up is complete.
In the meantime, appeals for any witnesses are being called upon.
Original Sources: Birmingham Live