Plymouth: Arson At Children's Football Club

19 August 2014, 13:25 | Updated: 19 August 2014, 13:37

Equipment melted in arson attack

Plympton's Chaddlewood Miners FC saw goals, nets, grass cutters, line painting machines, flags, poles and training equipment all destroyed by a fire on Friday night.

The incident at the Hoskins Park ground, left a storage container completely gutted and everything inside burnt or blackened by smoke. 

The volunteer-run club caters for players of all aged, from the age of four up to under 18s and beyond, with about 170 children taking part in regular training sessions and matches. 

Callous vandals targeted a container holding strimmers, hedge cutters, leaf blowers, line markers and other machinery.

The club is run entirely by volunteers and say the attack has had a devastating effect on its preparations for the new season less than two weeks away. 

If you can help Chaddlewood Miners by replacing or sponsoring the purchase of new equipment or a replacement storage building, contact the Matt Matthews on 07790 350307 or Teresa Hill on 07535 093409. 

A police spokeswoman said the fire happened between 10.30pm and 11.45pm on Friday, August 15. 

The container was valued at £4,000 and the contents were worth £3,560. 

Anyone who saw any suspicious individuals or vehicles around the club at the time of the fire is asked to contact police on 101, quoting crime reference CR/098841/14.