Fury as Travelers move in and trash struggling amateur rugby club

A STRUGGLING amateur rugby club fears for its future after travelers move in and ransack their clubhouse.

Ten children aged between 8 and 14 threw bricks through the windows just hours after 20 caravans set up camp on the pitch.

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Struggling amateur rugby club fears for its future after travelers move in and ransack their clubhouseCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
Ten children aged 8 to 14 threw bricks through windows just hours after 20 caravans set up camp

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Ten children aged 8 to 14 threw bricks through windows just hours after 20 caravans set up campCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

The thugs, who also damaged a club burger van, tried to pull roller shutters to enter the building.

Alan Hopkinson, chairman of Worksop Rugby Union Football Club in Notts, said: “So far I have seen children smash all the windows in the clubhouse.

“They also broke into our burger van – climbing onto the roof and stabbing it with a beer garden umbrella.

“The kids tried to wind up the clubhouse rollers but they still couldn’t get in.

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“We are on hot coals, worried about what will happen if they come in.

“That would be game over then because we have everything in there, dressing rooms, a bar, a reception hall – they are going to destroy the place.

“We have only just managed to survive the pandemic, when all games were canceled in the 2020-21 season, thanks to subsidies.

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“We fear it will finish us off.”

He said volunteer-run club Midlands 4 East (North) had handed over CCTV of the incidents of damage to police who said they were investigating.

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