Search

Fakenham Rugby Club targeted in third arson attack in a week

PUBLISHED: 15:31 06 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:46 06 January 2018

The damage left after the arson attack at Fakenham Rugby Club. Picture: ADAM LAZZARI.

The damage left after the arson attack at Fakenham Rugby Club. Picture: ADAM LAZZARI.

Archant

An arson attack has been carried out in Fakenham for the third time in a week, with the town’s rugby club falling victim this time.

Fakenham Rugby Club, which was hit by an arson attack. Picture: ADAM LAZZARI. Fakenham Rugby Club, which was hit by an arson attack. Picture: ADAM LAZZARI.

At around 6am on Saturday a gas cylinder was rolled across the club’s pitch and then set alight.

A loud bang could be heard across the town.

A dugout and floodlight pole were damaged.

Players and committee members were clearing the pitch for debris on Saturday morning and the match against Beccles is due to go ahead.

A fire broke out at the Fakenham Connect offices on Oak Street.  Picture: Kathryn Cross A fire broke out at the Fakenham Connect offices on Oak Street. Picture: Kathryn Cross

Arsons were carried out on Little Angels Pre-School, at Trap Lane, Fakenham at around 6am on Friday.

MORE: ‘The children have no outside play equipment left’ - Arson attack destroys Fakenham nursery’s play equipment

Police are linking this to an arson at council offices, at Fakenham Connect, on Oak Street, at 7.30am on Wednesday.

MORE: Investigation launched into arson at council offices

Nigel Allen, vice-chairman of Fakenham Rugby Club, said: “This has to be stopped before someone gets seriously hurt.

“It seems to be somebody just trying to get some attention.

Fire in Field Lane, Fakenham. Photo: North Norfolk Police Fire in Field Lane, Fakenham. Photo: North Norfolk Police

“They are very random in their targets - hitting council offices, a pre-school and a rugby club.”

He added: “I think the damage could cost us about £2,000.

“I’m not sure yet if this will be covered by our insurance.”

Committee member and player Tom Silver said: “It’s completely senseless.

“If they were that bored they should have come and trained with us on Tuesday night.”

Police are reviewing CCTV footage from the rugby club.

Anyone with information should contact Norfolk police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555111.

Other news

11:10

There’s still a fair way to go – but bosses at the new-look Royal Norwich Golf Club say they are on course to deliver one of Norfolk’s most ambitious new sporting venues.

39 minutes ago

They are our very own beasts from the deep. But it seems that the famous North Sea crabs have met their match - in the shape of the Beast from the East.

08:10

Around 5,000 wild bird eggs have been seized from a man’s home in the Broadland area.

11:30

A woman who has brought life-changing experiences to dozens of young people has been awarded the Fakenham Mayor’s Community Award.

Most Read

11:10

There’s still a fair way to go – but bosses at the new-look Royal Norwich Golf Club say they are on course to deliver one of Norfolk’s most ambitious new sporting venues.

Read more
Canada
39 minutes ago

They are our very own beasts from the deep. But it seems that the famous North Sea crabs have met their match - in the shape of the Beast from the East.

Read more
United Kingdom
08:10

Around 5,000 wild bird eggs have been seized from a man’s home in the Broadland area.

Read more
Facebook
11:30

A woman who has brought life-changing experiences to dozens of young people has been awarded the Fakenham Mayor’s Community Award.

Read more
06:00

Jamie Brown, head of knowledge and development at Archant, introduces Local Impact.

Read more

Most Commented

11:10

There’s still a fair way to go – but bosses at the new-look Royal Norwich Golf Club say they are on course to deliver one of Norfolk’s most ambitious new sporting venues.

Read more
Canada
39 minutes ago

They are our very own beasts from the deep. But it seems that the famous North Sea crabs have met their match - in the shape of the Beast from the East.

Read more
United Kingdom
08:10

Around 5,000 wild bird eggs have been seized from a man’s home in the Broadland area.

Read more
Facebook
11:30

A woman who has brought life-changing experiences to dozens of young people has been awarded the Fakenham Mayor’s Community Award.

Read more
06:00

Jamie Brown, head of knowledge and development at Archant, introduces Local Impact.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 10°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Dereham Times e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter