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MPE Football Club loses equipment in fire in Church Street, Boughton Monchelsea

By Jess Sharp

A football club is asking for help after a fire destroyed £1,500 worth of equipment.

The blaze tore through a storage unit on the recreation ground on Church Street, Boughton Monchelsea in Maidstone, in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Members of MPE FC have been left unable to play any games as key pieces of equipment went up in flames.

Fire destroys storage unit and equipment. Recreation Ground, Church Street, Boughton Monchelsea..Picture: Andy Jones. (12563794)
Fire destroys storage unit and equipment. Recreation Ground, Church Street, Boughton Monchelsea..Picture: Andy Jones. (12563794)

The club, which has fourteen different teams, lost a white line machine, flags, goals and respect lines.

The online fundraising page is currently sitting at £1,120.

Club secretary and treasurer David Gubbins said: "I have been staggered by the local clubs who have helped us. Vinters have been great and have offered to loan us some goals.

"It's such a shame, it is the first season we have used this ground for games for two of our teams and our equipment and items for the village fete are all gone.

"Luckily other teams have offered us help and the Express Cabs Maidstone Primary League have offered us £500 to replace items and that is incredible.

"It restores your faith in human nature, it absolutely amazing."

Police are investigating a report of attempted burglary after the incident.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Anyone with information can contact Kent Police on 01622 604100 quoting reference 18-0224.

Alternatively call the independent charity Crimestoppers in Kent anonymously on 0800 555111.

If you would like to donate to the club click here.

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