Alford club forced shut by vandals

VANDALISM has forced the closure of Alford Squash Club due to the cost and extent of the damages caused.

The criminal act, which has been branded as mindless and wanton by club officials, took place sometime between Saturday, August 23, and the following morning.

Intruders took fire extinguishers, broke doors, and damaged the squash court light meter systems beyond repair.

Chairman Bob Karley said: “It is particularly galling that the club has been forced to close through wanton vandalism at the start of the school holidays, depriving the young people of the area of these facilities, at the time they could make best use of them and undermining the work of head coach, Martin Wells, and his team.”

The club, which provides coaching services to a junior section of more than 100 young sports enthusiasts, will remain closed until a suitable security system can be installed to prevent repeat occurrences.

Club officials are in the process of discussing the matter with local police officers to come up with a long term financially affordable solution.