New Farnley Cricket Club targeted by arsonists – updated

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Arson attack in New Farnley. Photo: New Farnley CC

New Farnley Cricket Club has been targeted by arsonists who started a blaze causing thousands of pounds worth of damage to the clubhouse.

Both police and the club are appealing for information after CCTV caught two people on camera deliberately setting fire to the cricket club late last night (Monday).

West Yorkshire Police said they were called to the cricket club at 11.10pm and are investigating the incident, which is being treated as arson.

The clubhouse was badly damaged by the blaze. Photo: New Farnley CC

A New Farnley CC spokesperson said on social media:

“We will make every effort to continue trading throughout what will be a lengthy refurbishment process and we would be grateful for all your continued support. We will provide updates regarding trading as and when plans are agreed.”

It’s understood refurbishment could take at least three months.

The club, which plays in the Bradford Cricket League and runs junior and senior teams, hopes to fulfil the remainder of their fixtures but admits its finances will take a hit due to the attack.

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: “Officers are investigating the incident which is being treated as arson and any witnesses are asked to call police on 101 quoting crime reference 13200439115.”

UPDATE: Crowdfunding appeal launched

A crowdfunding appeal to help raise £5,000 for arson hit New Farnley CC has already raised more than £2,000.

The appeal can be found here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/newfarnleyfire.

Club chairman John Baldwin expects the repair bill to be around £100,000. He told Bradford Cricket League:

“The metal on the roof is badly damaged and the interior has suffered huge damage.

“We will only know if the roof supports have been compromised when we are able to take down the ceiling and inspect them.

“This is a big blow for the club and such a senseless act. I was called by the Fire Brigade just after midnight to be told the building was on fire.

“It was a huge shock and seeing the damage in the daylight brought home just how much of the building had been affected.”

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