£10,000 repair bill after thieves strike at Nelson sports club

Stolen copper piping and damage to Swinden Playing Fields changing rooms in Nelson could land Pendle Council with a �10,000 bill.
Stolen copper piping and damage to Swinden Playing Fields changing rooms in Nelson could land Pendle Council with a �10,000 bill.

Damage and stolen copper piping from the changing rooms at Swinden Playing Fields in Nelson is expected to cost Pendle Council £10,000 to put right.

The theft from the changing room facility off Cravendale Avenue was discovered on Wednesday, June 19th.

Copper piping had been ripped out of the shower and toilet areas while damage to plastering and fittings in the building is likely to land the council with a five figure bill.

Access was gained to the building after an emergency fire door was forced.

Kieron Roberts, from Pendle Council’s Environmental and Recreation services, said: “Sinks had been smashed on the floor and water was leaking everywhere from showers and toilets.

“It will cost us around £10,000 to put this right and it’s the second time it’s happened in three years.

“Sometimes our parks and play areas are targeted by thieves.

“We urge any local people who spot something suspicious to call the police immediately with a description of the people involved and any other details – such as vehicle registration numbers.

“With the help of vigilant residents we can stop thieves from getting away with this kind of theft and vandalism.”

A similar incident happened in January 2012 when copper piping valued at £2,000 was stolen along with rugby equipment.

Anybody with any information on the latest incident is asked to call police on 101 with the crime reference number FG130 1728.