Vandals strike at the leisure centre

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MINDLESS vandals smashed more than two dozen windows at Wath Leisure Centre, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.

The yobs threw stones through a total of 27 windows, showering broken glass into the reception, lobby, dance studio and managers’ office.

CCTV footage shows two vandals carrying out the act at 9.30pm on Monday and police are investigating.

Centre manager Alex Greaves said: “This was just mindless vandalism. It is very disappointing, the minority has tried to ruin it for the majority.

“It came as a shock because we haven’t had any problems with any customers and this is the first vandalism attack we have had.

“I’m not sure how much the damage has cost, but it will be thousands I would think.

“Fortunately most of the glass was reinforced and so didn’t shatter, but about four of them did.

“The windows to our pool were not affected but a large portion of the other areas were.”

He added: “It happened just as we were closing up, but fortunately no-one was hurt.

“We have CCTV footage which shows two people doing this and we have passed this onto the police.

“I have heard there was a similar vandalism attack in Wath on the same night but I don’t have any details about that.”

Staff cleared the bits of shattered glass from the floor and the centre re-opened as usual the following day.

Mr Greaves added: “We are a family friendly centre which is used by a lot of people on a weekly basis.

“The point I want to get across is that staff worked very hard to make sure the centre was ready for opening the following day.

“We did not want such a mindless act to inconvenience our loyal customers and we wanted it to be business as usual.

“Plastic film has been put over the glass and some of the windows have been boarded up to make them safe.

“Hopefully the windows will be replaced in a short time frame.

“If anyone has any information about the incident then please come forward to help.”

Anyone who witnessed the vandalism or has further information should contact South Yorkshire Police on their non-emergency number of 101.