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Ossett Town`s Ground Vandalised

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A gang of up to forty youths went on a wrecking spree at Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division North club Ossett Town’s ground.

The vandals smashed twenty-three seats in the main stand at Ingfield.

The damage was witnessed by the club`s 63-year-old honorary president Graham Firth.

Firth was verbally abused by a group of around a dozen youths after he asked them to leave the stand at around 7.30pm last Thursday.

After calling police, Firth went back to the stand around half-an-hour later where a group of forty youths had gathered and were causing damage.

Firth said: “To attack a community club is just disgraceful, especially when it is run on a voluntary basis.

“We are going to have to find the finances now for repair work.”

Lee Broadbent, the club’s vice president, said: “It is incredible disappointing. We pride ourselves on being a community club, which is open to anyone in Ossett to come along and get involved in.

“We have got 350 junior players. I cannot fathom or understand people’s mentality to see that as a worthwhile activity on a Thursday night. It’s beyond belief.”

Inspector Mark Chamberlain of Wakefield Police, said: “We were called to reports of criminal damage on Town End, Ossett at 7.46pm on Thursday, January2nd.

“Officers attended and enquiries into the incident remain on going.

Reports like this are treated seriously and officers regularly patrol Ossett and the surrounding area to provide a reassuring presence.”

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