Motherwell football pitch torched for third time in the space of a month

Sick vandals have set fire to football pitches in Motherwell where up to 1000 youngsters play for the third time in the space of a month.

The artificial pitches at the Daisy Park Community Centre were again targeted last weekend as more damage from the reckless behaviour can be seen on the playing surface.

Previous attacks at the venue forced the park to close temporarily while repairs were carried out.

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However, North Lanarkshire Council (NLC) confirmed it will remain open on this occasion despite a huge black mark now visible at the side of the park from the blaze.

It is understood the latest incident happened on Saturday, June 26, as the council urge locals who have any information to contact police.

The fire damage is seen on the surface of the pitch
(Image: Lanarkshire Live)

A council spokesman told Lanarkshire Live: “This is the third incident in a short period of time.

“We’re completely sickened by these continued attacks on valued community assets, we don’t expect the recent incident to result in closure of the facility and we’re hoping that it can be repaired fairly soon.

“We’d appeal for anyone with information to contact the police.”

The Daisy Park pitches were forced to close for repairs when they were vandalised previously
(Image: Lanarkshire Live)

Meanwhile a concerned parent and local football coach fears continued attacks at Daisy Park could leave youngsters without a pitch to play on.

The pitch is next to Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral Primary School who also use it.

Jamie Lafferty from Motherwell told us: “I coach a local grassroots football team and share the pitch with multiple age groups at our club along with multiple other clubs in the community plus my two children attend the school at Cathedral Primary.

“If these parks get closed due to damage caused it’s likely to affect at least 1000 kids with the football clubs and kids that attend the school there.

“It’s a disgrace that some people find causing damage to the parks as entertainment. They have no real understanding of how this impacts others or the community.

“Hopefully a bit of awareness will allow them to think before they do.

“At the end of the day these actions affect the whole community and the other kids that regularly use these facilities in the right manner.”

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Daily Record – Motherwell