Lancashire

Preston North End: Deepdale vandals cause 'extensive' stadium damage

Deepdale stadium Image copyright PA
Image caption Lancashire Police is investigating the incidents

Vandals have caused "extensive criminal damage" to Preston North End's Deepdale stadium which has been exacerbated by deliberate fires, the club has said.

The Championship club posted on its website that it had been the "victim of a number of incidents" and its staff had been threatened in recent weeks.

It said Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service were concerned that if a fire takes hold it would do serious damage.

Police said they were aware of the incidents and investigating them.

'Stop anti-social behaviour'

The club's safety officer Mark Farnworth urged anyone with information to contact him or the police.

He said: "We are working closely with the police to identify those involved to ensure that they are prosecuted to the full extent.

"If required, the club will seek to sue individuals for civil trespass and obtain court injunctions to keep them off Preston North End property."

Mr Farnworth added: "It's your club and we need your help to stop this anti-social behaviour."

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