A bench which was built in memory of a committee member at Cadbury Heath Football Club has been targeted in an arson attack.
Former committee member Terry Green passed away four-and-a-half years ago.
The bench was built in memory of the beloved member who maintained the ground.
However, on Friday night (August 28) the memorial bench was burnt down in an arson attack.
The random act of vandalism has left a current committee member feeling absolutely “devastated.”
Bruce Scammel talked to Bristol Live about the impact the arson attack has had on committee members at the football club.
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He said: “Our memorial bench to our beloved Committee Member Terry Green who passed away four-and-a-half years ago whilst maintaining the ground was burnt down last night.
“This has naturally hit us hard and we’re devastated, goodness knows how Terry’s family feel.”
Mr Scammel described how this is not the first time the football club has been targeted but that multiple incidents have occurred in the past before.
He said: “We’ve been subjected to numerous incidents in the past by mindless vandals and have done our best to overcome these setbacks.
“These type of incidents are not undertaken in the late evening, they are undertaken in the early hours of the morning including groups of youth drinking, dealing drugs and also numerous attempts to break-in to our dugouts, seated stand and pavilion.
“We report these incidents to the police, and have reported this incident too, but unfortunately increasing patrols by local community officers in the early evening means that they don’t come into contact with the culprits.”
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Request to lock up the ground
Because the football ground has been targeted so much by vandals in the past, committee members have now put in a formal request to South Gloucestershire Council to enable them to lock up the ground at night.
This they believe will help prevent vandals from targeting the football club again.
Mr Scammel added: “This is the final straw for us and we have now formally requested South Gloucestershire Council enable us to lock-up the ground overnight in a similar way to other local public open spaces such as parks.
“We have proposed to lock the gates at night and re-open them early in the morning as we see this as the only way that risk of a repeat of these kind of incidents can be mitigated.
“These control measures are implemented on other council public spaces and we, as a club, would be content to manage the locking, and unlocking, of the ground each day.”
What you can do to help
Anyone who has any information is asked to contact Avon and Somerset Police quoting Crime Number 5220195816 and Incident Number AS-20200829-0295.
Bruce Scammel finally added: “Any help to bring justice to the culprits will be hugely appreciated by everyone at the football club and, most importantly, Terry’s family.”