Deliberate Pontypool Park fire causes "significant damage" to rugby club stand

PONTYPOOL Park was targeted by vandals last night, with a fire set near the rugby stands which caused “significant damage”.

The “substantial” fire was started in a waste container shortly after 9pm, but fortunately staff at Pontypool Active Living Centre were said to have spotted it.

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service received a call reporting the refuse fire at 9.04pm, and a crew from New Inn attended to deal with the situation.

But the commentary and media section of the Pontypool RFC main stand both suffered damage as a result.

It follows calls in the week from the club for more help dealing with anti-social behaviour, vandalism and arson attacks, after a number of incidents.

Following the fire Pontypool RFC put out a statement on its website.

It said: “Pontypool RFC is disappointed to announce that Pontypool Park was subjected to a further act of vandalism earlier this evening.

“The commentary and media section of the main stand has suffered significant fire damage as a result of a substantial fire emanating from a waste container.

“The fire has since been extinguished fully and police have attended the scene.

“This is the second arson attack that Pontypool Park has been subjected to in a matter of months, and Pontypool RFC will continue to communicate with Torfaen County Borough Council regarding this on-going situation.”

Anyone with information regarding the incident or any other acts of vandalism, is asked to call pl 101.

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11:07am Sat 11 Jan 14

DDDog1 says...

Lived across from Somerton park when it was set alight during the early nineties ,not nice seeing your clubs ground go up in smoke,these asbo asonists should be sent down for a number of years
Lived across from Somerton park when it was set alight during the early nineties ,not nice seeing your clubs ground go up in smoke,these asbo asonists should be sent down for a number of years DDDog1

9:31pm Sat 11 Jan 14

bugsy93 says...

This is typical of some of the 'low-life' cretins that exists in the area, who probably come from the growing number of problem families that we see in Pontypool. A good taste of the birch would be appropriate in these cases, or finding them a job might be more painful.
This is typical of some of the 'low-life' cretins that exists in the area, who probably come from the growing number of problem families that we see in Pontypool. A good taste of the birch would be appropriate in these cases, or finding them a job might be more painful. bugsy93

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