Copper thieves target floodlights at Leafair pitch

Peter McDonald, left, co-ordinator, and Liam Griffin, chairperson, Leafair Community Association, beside the floodlights at Leafair Pitches which were targated by copper thieves. (2003PG83)
Peter McDonald, left, co-ordinator, and Liam Griffin, chairperson, Leafair Community Association, beside the floodlights at Leafair Pitches which were targated by copper thieves. (2003PG83)

Copper thieves have caused £20,000 worth of damage to floodlights at the 3G football pitch at Leafair.

Thieves stole copper wiring from the lights at the popular facility over the weekend.

The incident has been condemned by local Sinn Féin councillor Tony Hassan who described it as an attack on the community.

“This is the latest in a long line of similar crimes that have been committed in the city in the past few months but the scale of this one is shocking. The new 3G floodlights at Leafair pitches have been damaged by the cable thieves and some of the street lights at Leafair and Fern Park have been taken too.

“Those behind this incident have stolen £20,000 worth of copper cables which are needed for the lighting system,” he said.

Colr. Hassan said the community will suffer from the loss of the facility.

“This is a much needed facility in our community and those who damage and vandalise it need to be ostracised from our community.

“These thefts are not opportunist, they are planned. In the early hours of Saturday morning a van was seen leaving the scene and heading in the direction of Ballyarnett. If anyone has information on these thefts they should to contact the PSNI straight away,” he said.

Local community worker Peter McDonald also condemnend the theft and vandalism.