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Monday, 20 October 2014

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Vandal attack closes Workington speedway track

Northside speedway training track in Workington is to close for two weeks after vandals struck for the fourth time in a number of months.

Northside speedway photo
Volunteer Karl Armstrong in the referee’s box

The speedway training track was set up by former Workington Comets rider Craig Branney who will now pay thousands of pounds to pay for new security measures including CCTV and metal fencing to try and keep vandals away.

The track which provides training facilities for youngsters in the area has been a success since it opened but vandals have struck several times smashing windows and stealing stock from the cafe.

In the latest incident they gained entry to the referee’s box, a large steel container, and cut cables that operate the lights at the track.

Mr Branney is to launch a fundraising effort to pay for new security measures.

He said: “It feels like there is a vendetta against us because they feel we are an easy target.

“The continued vandalism is getting too much so I have got to close the track for the foreseeable future.

“I will put the effort in to make it more safe and secure but it will cost a lot more money than we have so we will do some fundraising to raise it. It is at times like this that we need people to really support us.”

Mr Branney also said that he would talk to Allerdale council leader Alan Smith to see if there was anything they could do to help.

He added: “It is really frustrating because everything seems to be going really well and then this happens.

“It is not fair on the people who put their time into the track and work there and it is the kids who will suffer which is the last thing we want. This is a community club so it is very disappointing that this continues to happen.”

  • Two men have been arrested following the incidents. A 25-year-old and a 16-year old, both from Siddick, were arrested on suspicion of burglary and have been bailed until September 23.

A 24-year-old Northside man has been charged with receiving stolen goods in relation to the latest break in.

He is due to appear at West Cumbria Magistrates’ Court on August 30.

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