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Vandals wreck goals at Deal Town Football Club Charles Ground in St Leonard's Road

05 March 2014
by Beth Robson

Goals used by children players at Deal Town Football Club have been vandalised in yet another set-back for the club.

The incident happened on Monday night when it is believed three men were seen jumping over the fences of the St Leonard’s Road Charles ground.

Deal Town FC feels 'let down' by police after the treasurer caught suspected vandals and officers let them go.

DTFC board member Danielle Johnson said: “The club worked long and hard to bring a youth team to Deal Town Football Club and it takes three individuals to ruin this for all. The kids that use the ground for soccer schools now have no goals.”

On Tuesday, police forensics investigators attended the ground, looking for clues to identify the culprits.

Later that day three youths were discovered on the site by a volunteer and police were called.

Club Chairman Derek Hares said: “We can’t say they are the three vandals. It seems to be one step forward, two steps back.”

In October 2011 the nearly-finished clubhouse was devastated by a fire.

"It seems to be one step forward, two steps back” Deal Town chairman Derek Hares

The latest setback has seen two youth team goals vandalised, a table was smashed up and sponsorship boards damaged.

The news was announced on social networking site Facebook on Tuesday.

It sparked outrage with James Ellis calling the vandals “scumbags.”

Marianne Cureton added: “I hope they are caught. They should be named and shamed.”

A meeting was due to be held to discuss replacing the goals.

Police spokeswoman Jane Walker said: "We can confirm that damage to two plastic goal posts has been reported to us and happened between 12.30pm on Monday and 10am on Tuesday.

"Anyone who saw anything suspicious between those times should contact Kent Police on 101, giving reference ZY/7067/14."

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