‘Mindless’ arson attack sees community football facility torched

"Mindless" thugs broke into a community sports centre and torched a stand used by a football club already struggling to cope with the effects of lockdown.

The covered stand in Anfield Sports Centre, Lower Breck Road, Anfield, was set alight at some point this afternoon (Friday) after the offenders appeared to have broken through a gate.

The stand is the home of local team Lower Breck FC and was built with funds raised by the club.

However with the coronavirus lockdown cancelling non-league games, the centre had been closed since March.

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The wreckage caused by the unknown vandals has come as a huge blow to a club already struggling financially due to the lockdown.

Now Anfield Sports Centre and the club will need to find thousands of pounds to fix the damage.

Lower Breck FC club secretary, Jim Davies jnr, told the ECHO: "It's a sheltered area for people to go and watch the games.

"But it is also used by the community and it's somewhere for parents to go if there's bad weather and there's coaching on.

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The aftermath of a "mindless" arson attack on a stand used by Lower Breck FC at Anfield Sports Centre, Lower Breck Road

"It's for the young people to use and it just brings a bit of professionalism to the club.

"It's vandalism; senseless and mindless, that's what it is.

"But to a certain extent our words are hollow to those people who have done it, because their lack of consideration is why they have done it in the first place.

"They would probably just laugh at us.

"It is pretty devastating really. The upshot is it is going to have to be fixed."

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In a tweet, Anfield Sports Centre said: "Sad to report the senseless behaviour of minority has caused extensive damage to our site.

"They should be ashamed and if you know anything let us know.

"Will be devastating news for users and massive impact as we try to reopen."

Local non-league clubs expressed their sadness at the news.

Litherland REMYCA FC tweeted: "Unbelievable this So sad that people think this is okay to do."

South Liverpool FC added: "So sorry to see this has happened guys, absolutely shocking!

"Mindless idiots ruining the hard work and effort of others! Hope you manage to get it all sorted out okay soon."

Jim appealed for any local businesses who may be able to help fix the ground and get the facility ready to use for the community to get in touch at lowerbreckfc@gmail.com