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Travellers cause tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage to Cornish football club grounds

‘Group of travellers cause tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage’ to Cornish football club days after pitching up camp on grounds

  • Redruth United football club’s grounds have been vandalised ‘by travellers’
  • Club officials believe the travellers who camped there on July 12 are responsible
  • Vandals left buildings flooded, windows broken and human waste on the fields

A football club claims it has suffered tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage after being ‘vandalised by travellers’ who had set up camp there.

Redruth United has released pictures of the club’s building and ground showing the devastating damage to its pitches, buildings, tea hut and goals.

The Cornwall club alleges the damages came after a traveller encampment settled on its ground at Clijah Croft in Redruth.

Travellers camped out on the site until Saturday, leaving the club only a month before the season starts to repair the grounds

Redruth United football club's grounds and buildings were severely damaged after vandals flooded the changing rooms, left behind piles of rubbish and human waste

Redruth United football club’s grounds and buildings were severely damaged after vandals flooded the changing rooms, left behind piles of rubbish and human waste 

They thanked local residents in a Facebook post Saturday for alerting the police

They thanked local residents in a Facebook post Saturday for alerting the police

A court order was issued and police and gypsy and traveller liaison officers were sent to the site

A court order was issued and police and gypsy and traveller liaison officers were sent to the site

The club were able to access the grounds on Sunday to assess the damage

The club were able to access the grounds on Sunday to assess the damage

Club captain Dan Horler told the BBC he believes the damage had been caused by the group of travellers who camped on one of the four pitches on July 12, and left on Saturday.  

He said the group, ‘left behind piles of rubbish, flooded buildings, wrecked kids’ equipment, broke windows, and warned anyone visiting the site to ‘be aware’ of ‘human waste on the fields.”

In a Facebook post on Saturday, the club wrote: ‘Just a quick message to say a BIG thank you to those local residents who are witnessing and reporting the events as they unfold including any criminal activity. 

‘The court order has today been issued and bailiffs have been instructed to attend if the travellers have not left Clijah by tomorrow.’ 

Police and gyspy and traveller liaison officers were sent to the site. 

In a Facebook post on Sunday, the club said: ‘Luckily there is little damage to the actual pitches…….but the changing rooms are a different matter.

‘The whole building has been flooded by water let out of the header tanks upstairs, causing it to leak through the ceilings below and into the electrics.’

A Just Giving campaign since raised more than £7,500 to repair the ground and building. 

In a post on Saturday the club said: ‘Devastated is an understatement! Destroyed our home.’  

The club asked the community to help them clean up after grounds were clear of travellers.  

The club believes the damage was caused by a group of travellers who camped out on one of the pitches on July 12

 The club believes the damage was caused by a group of travellers who camped out on one of the pitches on July 12

In a Facebook post on Sunday, the club said the building was flooded with water after it had been let out of the header tanks upstairs

In a Facebook post on Sunday, the club said the building was flooded with water after it had been let out of the header tanks upstairs

The club documented the damage on their Facebook page, saying the water tanks had leaked through the ceilings and into the electrics below

The club documented the damage on their Facebook page, saying the water tanks had leaked through the ceilings and into the electrics below

'Travellers' left windows broken and other property damage after clearing out on Saturday. The club said they left behind tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage

‘Travellers’ left windows broken and other property damage after clearing out on Saturday. The club said they left behind tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage 

A Just Giving campaign has raised more £7,500 to repair the damage

A Just Giving campaign has raised more £7,500 to repair the damage

The vandals sprayed paint over the defibrillator box, as well as leaving behind rubbish

The vandals sprayed paint over the defibrillator box, as well as leaving behind rubbish

The club is determined to build back stronger

The club has a month to get the grounds ready for the first day of the season

The club is determined to come back stronger and to have the grounds ready for the first day of the season

Posting after the group left, a club spokesperson said: ‘At long last the travellers have left.

‘As you will have all seen from our previous video, the damage that has been caused is extensive and likely to run into the tens of thousands of pounds!

‘However on a more positive note the club has been overwhelmed by the support shown to us by so many people to help with clearing up the mess.

‘All the messages have been gratefully received. Thank you all.

‘Whilst this has been so hard to see happen for all those involved with the club we are all determined to rebuild and to quote the Peter Crouch podcast come back stronger.’ 

Mr Horler told the BBC there was just a month to get the ground ready for the first day of the season, but that the response from the local community had been ‘really heart warming.’

‘We are lucky to still have the building structure,’ he said. ‘Everything has been affected, from the tea hut to the kids’ football goals.’ 

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