Roof vandals are risking life and limb for fun

David Burrows, vice chairman at Colne and Nelson Rugby Union Football Club points to the roof which is being targeted by vandals

David Burrows, vice chairman at Colne and Nelson Rugby Union Football Club points to the roof which is being targeted by vandals

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Youngsters who are using a rugby club roof as a playground are risking life and limb.

That is the warning from officials at Colne and Nelson Rugby Union Football Club which is being plagued by young vandals.

And Vice Chairman David Burrows has sent out a clear message to parents of the culprits that the club will not be held responsible if any of them injure themselves.

He said: “Not only are these vandals causing damage to our club roof they are also putting themselves at risk of injury or worse if they fall.

“They should not be there in the first place, they are trespassing, and the club cannot be responsible for their safety. We would ask parents who live in the area to be aware of where their children are and what they are doing.”

The vandals have been gaining access to the single storey felt roof by climbing into gas bottles that are stored at the side of the building.

A wasps’ nest has just been discovered on the roof and there are fears that one of the culprits may get stung if they venture up there before the nest is removed.

Mr Burrows added: “There is a real possibility that someone could get stung and end up falling off the roof.

“This is not a playground.”

In a bid to step up security measures at the club in Harrison Drive, CCTV cameras have been installed and it is believed the culprits may have been filmed in the act.

PCSO Ivan Hartley, who covers the Colne and West Craven area, said the club was included in the anti social behaviour patrols that are carried out nightly by officers in an unmarked vehicle.

He said: “The club has recently updated its security measures with the CCTV cameras and we are more than happy to work with officials to try and combat this problem.”

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