Arsonists set fire to stand at St Albans City Football Club

Damage to the stands at St Albans City Football Club in Clarence Park.
Picture: Tom Norman

Damage to the stands at St Albans City Football Club in Clarence Park. Picture: Tom Norman - Credit: Archant

Police are investigating after fire caused damage to a stand at football grounds in St Albans.

One or more people entered the St Albans City football grounds in Clarence Park between 2.30pm on Sunday, March 5 and 10am the following day, and attempted to set fire to the stand.

The arsonists used sand buckets to put out the fire before leaving the area.

John McGowan, co-owner of the club, said: “We were very lucky the whole stand didn’t blow up. We’re trying to build the club up and people cause this type of damage.”

He also wanted to emphasise the dangers of wooden stands, and that Clarence Park is easily accessible to members of the public.


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Police enquiries are ongoing. If anyone witnessed what happened, or saw any suspicious activity in the area between the times stated, they are asked to contact Herts Police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference number F1/17/1069.

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