Four teens arrested after ‘shocking’ Cwmbran bowls club attack
12:11pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
FOUR teenage boys have been arrested after a “shocking” vandal attack against Cwmbran bowls club, on Wednesday evening.
The pavilion at Cwmbran Park’s bowling club in St. Dial’s has been ransacked by a group of youths.
Chairman of the club, John Alford, said: “They smashed windows and doors and trashed all our memorabilia which is irrecoverable. Then they tried to set fire to it but must have been interrupted.”
The security lights were also vandalised and bottles of sauce and fire extinguishers were squirted and sprayed around the property.
Mr Alford added: “They even managed to open a tin of paint and daub on the wall: 'You’re all dead'.
“It’s quite shocking.”
This morning, Gwent Police confirmed that four local boys, aged 15,16,17 and 19 have been arrested on suspicion of burglary and criminal damage and are in police custody.
Mr Alford, who has been a member of the club for 46 years, said: “They have ripped the heart out of the community.”
Mr Alford estimated the damage to the Bowls club alone to be more than £1,000, but the physical damage and costs incurred by the council is expected to far exceed that. This is not the first time the pavilion has been targeted.
He said: “We work hard to raise our funds all year round.
“This is the fourth attack on the pavilion this year. The community are concerned about the security of the park, but I didn’t see this coming.”
The council, who own the property, were about to sign the lease over to the club.
“We work hand in hand with the council. We want to ensure this service is not lost to the community,” Mr Alford said, “We are determined they won’t win. “
Mr Alford is meeting with the council and police this morning to discuss the next plan of action.
Officers in Cwmbran are now appealing for information and witnesses .They believe the break in occurred sometime between 9pm on Tuesday October 8 and 8.50pm on Wednesday October 9.
PC John Cottrell said: "Police are aware of anti-social behaviour issues in the area of the park and have been tackling this with daily patrols. To date we have taken multi agency action in relation to a number of youths who have been stopped and spoken to in the area for causing anti-social behaviour.
"I am appealing for anyone with information to contact police on 101 quoting log 544 09/10/13, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or speak to the Neighbourhood Team directly on 01633 642088."
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