Buxton FC baffled by suspected arson attack

The director of Buxton Football Club said he was left clueless after a suspected arson attack at their home ground.

Friday, 17th June 2016, 3:09 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 4:33 pm

The Silverlands is the scene of a police investigation after a fire was set last night under the stands, damaging the club office and changing rooms.

The club is already undertaking repairs works and is hoping to have the site restored by the start of next season.

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue service was called to the club near Bakewell Road just after midnight, and the club reports that a small fire was started in it he manager's office.

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This followed a break-in the day before where thieves smashed a canteen window and stole an empty cash register.

Director of the club, Mark Shenton said: "I haven't got a clue why anybody would want to do it. It's a decent community club that a lot of people are involved in and we have no idea why someone would do this.

"The fire under the main stand has caused a vast amount of smoke damage on walls, ceilings and fixtures, that had only just been painted in readiness for the new season, and will now have to be repaired along with damaged doors. We'll need new carpets, new furniture in the manager's office and to deal with smoke damage on the walls.

"It's a shame, it makes it a bit harder for the club but hopefully this will all be ready for pre-season."

Security at Silverlands has been increased, he added, and Derbyshire police told that the fire is being treated as arson.

A spokesperson said: "We were called at 12.40am by the Fire service telling us they were in attendance at the football club at Silverlands, and it looked like an object has been set fire to at the club."

Buxton FC are asking supports to lend their time if they can help with repair works, cleaning and repainting in the smoke-damaged rooms.

If you can spare any time to help out, please call Mark on 07964544139.