Public thanked for support after Bosco club is vandalised yet again

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Public thanked for support after Bosco club is vandalised yet again thumbnailDEAN McCabe inspects just some of the damage caused to the Bosco Boxing Club after it was broken into and vadalised during the week.

THE Head Coach of St John Bosco ABC has thanked the Newry public for their support after thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused after youths broke into and vandalised the club.

Club members were shocked when they discovered the senseless damage on Thursday evening but have vowed to have the gym back up and running as soon as possible.

Head Coach Adrian Patterson will now be forced to shell out thousands of pounds to repair smashed windows, smashed mirrors, damaged walls, a drainage pipe and the electrical system - a challenge made significantly more difficult as the club is run on a "shoestring budget".

Thankfully, the community in Newry has rallied around the club to help get the Bosco back up on their feet sooner rather than later.

"We have heard from different sources that there have been a substantial amount of young kids up in the Bosco grounds and we have heard that a couple of that group actually entered the premises by smashing windows," explained Adrian.

"It's hard enough running a club on a shoestring budget but the response we've got from the public in Newry has been unreal.

"The support has been coming from general people, the Eamonn Morgan Trust, Gavin Malone, a club in Lurgan have said they have stuff there for us to use and Marty McCusker from the Camlough club has offered to let us use their facilities until we're back on our feet.

"Everybody has been really great in helping us out and we really appreciate that. It gives you a wee lift from being so disheartened. It's great to see people backing you."

This is the second time the club has been targeted in two years but the damage in this latest incident is significantly worse.

Adrian is hoping to speak to the parents of the youths who carried out the mindless vandalism in the hope that the children can help repair the damage and learn a lesson, instead of ending up with a criminal record.

"If we can get the parents of the kids to help us out and assist in repairing the damage that's all we really need," added Adrian.

"The parents can deal with the kids themselves rather than having a couple of young lads being left with a criminal record. That's not what we want.

"We're doing our best to keep children off the streets and give them advice and guidance that will hopefully spur them on in later life but when something likes this happens it disheartens you temporarily.

"It'll not get us down and it will not deter us from what we want to do. It's still our objective for the future to keep young kids off the street and if anything, we want to do it even more."

A police spokesperson stated that they received a report of a burglary in the Chequer Hill area of Newry on Thursday, August 17, and it is believed that entry was gained into the building sometime between 8pm on Wednesday, August 16, and 6pm on Thursday, August 17.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police in Ardmore by calling 101, quoting reference 1001 17/08/17. Alternatively, information can also be given anonymously through the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

St John Bosco ABC will be open for both boys and girls from Monday, September 4, and all are welcome to join the club.


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