Fury as vandals ransack ground

Damage at Collins Park, Blackpool

Damage at Collins Park, Blackpool

This is the trail of destruction left after vandals rampaged across a football ground causing thousands of pounds of damage.

The attack at Collins Park, off Common Edge Road, 
Marton, saw doors and windows smashed, glasses broken and cleaning products spread all over the floor.

The pitch is used as the home ground for two teams in the Blackpool and Fylde Sunday Football Alliance (BFSFA), as well as being used by junior sides and as a neutral venue for cup semi-finals.

And Glynn Shorrock, from BFSFA, today told of his disgust after the damage was discovered, branding the culprits “mindless”

He added: “They’ve done a really good job on it.

“It’s made me really annoyed and a lot of our committee members really angry.

“It’s mindless vandalism, there’s no need for it.”

The damage was discovered on Wednesday evening and is thought to have taken place on the previous night.

The ground hosts home games for two clubs – Boars Heads and Schools Media.

Mr Shorrock added: “In my eyes it’s a targeted attack but they’ve had to take two 
metal railings out of the fence to get in.

“We don’t know why anybody would want to do it.”

The ground is named after
local football stalwart Peter Collins, who played a major role in founding the Alliance in 1976.

He said: “Whoever they are, they’re idiots. There’s no rhyme or reason for doing anything like that at all.

“The ground is unprotected in some ways because it’s away from the roads but you just wish they could be caught.”

Lancashire Police is investigating the incident and officers have urged anyone with information about the vandalism to contact the force on 101.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.




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