14/11/2012

Derry City FC Still Recovering From Vandal Attack

Derry City Football Club is still coming to terms with an attack by vandals on the toilet facilities at Brandywell stadium.

The attack on the south end stand is the latest in a series of anti-social behaviour at the ground.

Copper piping was stolen in the incident, which saw sinks ripped from walls and pipes damaged.

The attack was discovered and reported on Monday afternoon.

Derry City Council’s leisure services manager Jeff Ashe said: "This is the latest in a number of sporadic acts of vandalism in the Brandywell stadium.

"On this occasion, significant damage has been caused to the toilet facilities, however it is too early to determine what repair costs will be.

"Attacks of this nature are to be condemned and we would appeal for anyone with information to contact the PSNI."

Sinn Fein councillor Patricia Logue condemned the incident.

"It is absolutely ridiculous that anyone would even contemplate attacking facilities at the stadium," she said.

"Derry City Council will now be left with a hefty repair bill to fix this damage."

Recently, the council appealed to Stormont for help refurbishing the stadium, but were told money would not be available for some years.

But this latest attack, along with the general poor condition of Brandywell, further emphasises the club’s need for funding.

Derry City’s recent FAI Cup win means the team will be playing European football next year. But currently it is thought the team will have to play their European matches at a different venue.

Detectives in Strand Road have confirmed they are investigating the criminal damage.

(IT)

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