THIEVES have left a repair bill which will run into thousands of pounds after they stole copper piping and trashed footballers’ changing rooms.
Staff arrived for their shifts at Easington Welfare Football Ground to find showers had been pulled apart and sinks had been torn from the walls, with the copper taken to cash in.
Easington Colliery Parish Council expect the bill to run into thousands of pounds.
Teams who play on the groups top field will not be able to shower following their games this weekend.
John Surtees, operations manager for the council, said: “Because they’re showers, there are drains on the floor and if it hadn’t been for them, it would have been flooded out.
“The footballers will be put out and there are quite a few teams who use it, the Colliery, the over 40s, so they won’t be able to use them after their games.”
The area damaged has been updated in recent years by the council, with each of the seven showers attacked costing £300.
Police are appealing for help to track down the vandals, who struck after the changing rooms were closed up after last Sunday’s fixtures and before 7am the next day.
Police Community Support Officer Andy Gilhooley said: “At first we thought it was youth, but we realised when the copper piping was gone it must have been someone who was after scrap.”
Thieves got in by forcing a door on Memorial Avenue. Anyone with information is asked to contact Durham Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.