Borough football clubs fall victim to separate attacks within three days

Published on: Friday, 19th April 2019
Ilkeston Town FC
Borrowash Victoria FC

Two borough football clubs have fallen victim to what are thought to be unrelated attacks from thieves and/or vandals within the space of three days.

In the first incident, intruders gained access to The New Manor Ground on Monday (15th April) - the home of Ilkeston Town FC.  A window was smashed, a TV was taken from the wall of the club house, CCTV was also taken, a fruit machine was smashed and drinks and chocolate were also taken.

Following an appeal, a local window fitter responded to repair the window ahead of one of the biggest games, if not the biggest game in the club's short history since it was formed in 2017.  The Robins are top of the Midland Football League Premier Division, sitting three points ahead of second placed Walsall Wood who visit the NMG this weekend for what could be a title decider.  Ilkeston Town, managed by Lee Fowler, would secure back to back promotions if they can take the league title this season.

After the attack on Monday, a club official took to social media to appeal for information and said: 'What a sad state of affairs when someone’s time is best spent robbing and vandalising the local football club'.

As the Robins began to come to terms with the effect on club premises, Borrowash Victoria officials arriving to lead a training session on Wednesday (17th April), disturbed a group of what were reportedly 14-15 year olds who had trespassed on to the site of The Bowl on Borrowash Road in Spondon, but they had already damaged disabled and ladies toilets at the East Midlands Counties League club.  A spokesperson on social media said that debris had been left strewn across the playing surface.

The following day, a further club statement said that CCTV from both their own system and that of neighbours Graham Street Prims was thought to have helped identify at least some of the offenders, whilst it was also stated social media had been used to 'check in' whilst intruding, suggesting that the social media account had named the person making the post and therefore revealing their identity and possibly that of others involved.  It was also reported that some names had been given over following an appeal for information.

Borrowash Victoria socal media was initially used to declare this information, post edited images of CCTV footage with identifiying features obscured within, and to appeal for offenders to come forward and help repair the damage in order to make amends for their attack.  However, posts were latterly edited and/or removed, possibly on Police advice which could protect any investigation and prosecutions although this has not been confirmed.

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