Penarth Athletic Club overlooks Penarth Rugby Club’s pitch  onto which shards of broken glass were deliberately hurled by vandals at on Friday night risking serious injury to players

Vandals have deliberately thrown jagged shards of smashed glass onto the playing surface of Penarth Rugby Club’s pitch at the Athletic Grounds off Lavernock Road in a criminal attack that could result in serious injuries to players

It’s understood that sometime between 22:30 on October 6th and 11:30 the following morning – during a period when the club is closed and the ground  unattended – vandals pushed a large recycling bin containing glass bottles 50 metres up a service road and then deliberately emptied the contents of the container  all over the road .

Every single shard of glass from dozens of deliberately broken bottles had to be cleared from the playing surface by volunteers before it was safe for players (Penarth Rugby Club photo)

The glass bottles were then smashed on purpose  – and the shards of glass were hurled onto the pitch  – clearly with the aim of injuring players.

Mike Gooding, chairman of the rugby club – and a number of other club members – have had to painstakingly collect every single piece of glass from the playing surface.

The club says “This deliberate act –  of sabotaging the playing fields and putting players in danger –  was carried out by criminally-minded people intent on causing injury.”

In what’s thought to be the same episode , the gate to the rugby stand was pulled off its hinges and more empty bottles were thrown around in the stand.

Club officials say it’s clear from the weight and size of the container that “more than one” person would have been involved in perpetrating the damage. The club says “It  is such a shame that there are individuals – no doubt in minority in the community –  who cause this kind of trouble at the expense of those taking part in sporting activities”

Anyone who has any information about this incident is asked to contact Penarth Police or to call Crimestoppers – anonymously – on 0800 555 111



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  1. Local Eye says:

    This is completely unacceptable and the culprits need to be sought and punished. In the meantime I suggest that the security of the athletic grounds are immediately improved by locking the gates each evening and installing CCTV and security lights – all of which are relatively cheap to buy and install. Maybe the club members should have a whip round if they don’t have the funds as this is not the first time local vandals have created havoc.

  2. PB says:

    So these are some of the youth that so many of the political class, including our MP, think should have voting rights to decide a government? No, I don’t think so. There’s an element of responsibility that goes with voting. These mindless vandals won’t be quiet about what they have done so let’s see whether there are some more socially responsible youngsters who will provide the names of the culprits to the police. The playing fields have become a magnet for anti-social behaviour, time to lock the gates and demand that our pcc get off his entitled backside and do something for his money.

    • VicT says:

      What makes you assume that the culprits are under 18?

      • PB says:

        Because the last time it was vandalised and the time before that and the time before that, it was kids. Same as always.

        Or perhaps it’s was those gangs of hoodie pensioners again roaming the streets causing problems tagging, smoking weed in the bus shelters and so on.

      • VicT says:

        Of course PB people between the ages of 18 and 65 never commit crime do they!

  3. 92 and a social butterfly says:

    Start by locking the recycling bin, then lock the ground at night, should be cameras too and regular police sweeps in the area.

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