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 .
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