Vandals prompt demolition amid concerns over safety

Vandalism at Amble Running Track, where one dug-out has been demolished and the other is strewn with broken bottles.
Vandalism at Amble Running Track, where one dug-out has been demolished and the other is strewn with broken bottles.
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Action has been taken to demolish two dug outs used for grass-roots sport after a spate of vandalism prompted safety concerns.

Yobs left the structures in Amble in a bad state over the school summer holidays, dropping bottles and causing damage to the shelters.

The dug outs are on the town’s running track field, which James Calvert Spence College (JCSC) hires out to football teams such as Amble St Cuthbert and Amble Tavern.

The structures had belonged to Amble United before the club folded at the end of last season.

But following the spate of vandalism, a concerned resident contacted Amble Town Council to raise concerns, claiming that structural damage had led to the dug outs being unsafe.

The message was passed on to JCSC last month, who subsequently decided, in the interests of safety, to have them removed and paid Kelly Construction to do the job. One has been demolished and the other will be pulled down.

Samuel Palin, of Amble St Cuthbert, said: “It’s a shame The Tavern and ourselves, as well as our opponents, won’t be able to enjoy the dugouts this season.

“I’m sure it would be helpful to Amble’s efforts to secure its share of what resources are available for sports facilities if people take responsibility for looking after what we’ve got.”

County councillor Jeff Watson criticised the vandals.