Young Welham Green footballers devastated after arsonists torch kit

PUBLISHED: 14:55 06 November 2015 | UPDATED: 14:55 06 November 2015

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Police are appealing for witnesses after an arson attack in Welham Green led children’s football equipment being destroyed.

The incident is believed to have occurred at the Burns Sports Pavilion in Bushwood Close between 7.30pm and 7.45pm on Sunday (November 1).

The offenders lit a fire next to a storage container and the pavilion, and then made off. Stored in the container were balls, goal pasts and training equipment for a local football team for seven and eight year olds.

PCSO Samantha Griffin from the Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “This has been devastating for the football team as their equipment is no longer usable. The heat inside the container rose to such a level which melted and burnt the equipment.

“If anyone witnessed the crime or may know who was responsible, I’d urge they contact police as soon as possible.”

Johnny Shearer, who runs the football club, said: “I received a call on Monday and was told there was a fire and our stuff had been damaged. Once I realised everything was damaged and was all beyond usable I was devastated that the kids had nothing left to use.

“We have been trying to raise money for a trip as we were invited to the youth Europa cup in Barcelona next June so anything raised so far has now gone into replacing our equipment.

“We have brought the basics but we now no longer have as much as before and the money that we raised to help in other areas is now gone. At the end of the day it’s the kids that this has affected. It’s a ripple affect one thing gets damage and whatever we do to fix it they then will suffer in another way. I would like to say thank you to the people of Welham Green who have helped us so far.”

Anyone with any information in relation to this incident is asked to call police via Hertfordshire Constabulary’s non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference B2/15/4189.

Alternatively contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will never need to go to court.


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