Jarrow FC left 'sickened to the core' after mindless vandalism attack at football club's home ground
A football club has been left ‘sickened to the core’ after yobs vandalised their home ground, causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage.
Jarrow FC were shocked to find yobs had climbed over the fence at Perth Green Community Centre, causing damage by smashing the clubs dugouts and ripping seats out of the stand.
The vandalism is estimated to cost around £700 to repair and has come at a difficult time during lockdown and the pandemic.
The shocking act has left the club dismayed and looking for answers as they prepare to return to the pitch in the next few weeks following lockdown.
Chairman of Jarrow FC, Jimmy Kane, said: “It’s just a completely pointless act of vandalism.
"We can’t get our head around it, what do you get out of doing something like this? It’s left us sickened to the core and we need to find a way to stomp this behaviour out.
“It’s tough enough as it is at the minute for football clubs, with lockdown and the pandemic, we’ve got no real source of income right now and this just doesn’t help.”
Despite their season being curtailed due to the pandemic, Jarrow FC are hoping to return to training from March 29 as lockdown restrictions ease.
The club plan to prepare for the Durham Challenge Cup, where they are scheduled to face Billingham Town in April..
Jimmy added: “We’re all very excited to get back on the pitch and to training, it’s been a long few months but it will be good to be back.”
The vandalism incident has been reported to the police, who and officers are urging anyone with information to come forward.
A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “Shortly after 12pm on Sunday (March 21) we received a report of criminal damage at Perth Green Community Centre in South Tyneside.
“It was reported that offenders had caused significant damage to the football dugouts, a seating area and fencing before making off. Anyone with information is asked to contact police via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of our website or by calling 101 quoting log 427 210321.”