‘Malicious’ arson attack on football club

A fire late yesterday afternoon at Blackhorse Sports & Community Pavilion, home of Mangotsfield Junior FC and AFC Mangotsfield, is being treated as arson.

Within hours of the fire, Colin Sutton, the chairman of Mangotsfield JFC and a trustee of Blackhorse Sports & Community Association had started a crowdfunding appeal to raise £5,000.

He said: “Late this afternoon a mindless act of arson was carried out on Blackhorse Sports & Community Pavilion in Mangotsfield.

“This is the home of Mangotsfield JFC and AFC Mangotsfield, and over 30 football teams from under-fives to adult.

“This act of malicious criminal damage could potentially ruin the football environment of hundreds of boys, girls, seniors and volunteers at the club. It is also used for vital community groups during the week.

“Whilst the damage is being assessed, we will need help to help to repair and make ready. Insurance will go some way, but we have had to cancel a planned fundraising event in a few weeks.

“Any help, no matter how small, will help. Junior football clubs are not cash rich.”

The crime reference number is 5218236525.