Rugby club victim of arson attack – lose everything

Wibsey RUFC has been left with nothing after a storage container was torched – destroying thousands of pounds worth of equipment. 

Both the fire brigade and police were called to the scene last weekend.

Essential kit like tackle pads, post protectors and a scrum machine were all kept in the container, as well as things used for fun days and barbecue equipment. 

Steve Brooke, chairman of Wibsey Rugby Union, spoke of his anger to The Telegraph & Argus.

He said: “It’s an absolute disgrace, it’s shocking.

“I don’t know how they’ve got in – it was all padlocked up.

“Fortunately we don’t have any home games this week, otherwise we’d have to cancel them.

“Luckily, we didn’t have any gas canisters, otherwise it could have been an absolute disaster.”

He estimated the cost of the damage of around £20,000 – if not more. Scrum machines alone cost around £5,000.

Donations can be made to the club by clicking here.

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