Wire thieves target Bay Road Soccer

The owner pictured yesterday evening surveying damage done to electric cabling at the new 4G pitches at Bay Road. DER2315MC010
The owner pictured yesterday evening surveying damage done to electric cabling at the new 4G pitches at Bay Road. DER2315MC010

A local business owner has estimated that a recent break-in at a premises at the weekend will cost in the region of £20,000.

Patrick Simpson, Bay Road Soccer, was hoping to open his state of the art outdoor football complex in the next fortnight but because of the break-in it is expected the opening will not take place for at least another six weeks.

Electric wiring was ripped out of a manhole and cut at new football pitches at Bay Road. DER2315MC009

Electric wiring was ripped out of a manhole and cut at new football pitches at Bay Road. DER2315MC009

The fence surrounding the premises was cut and £15,000 worth of electrical cable had been cut and stolen.

The local business has now employed a security firm and the premises is being monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

When the new football complex opens it will have seven ‘five-a-side’ pitches, two ‘seven a side pitches’. All pitches are 4G, are fully enclosed and are with rebound boards and roof nets.

There will also be a club house which will incorporate state of the art changing facilities, a coffee bar with 70 free car parking spaces.

A PSNI spokesperon told the ‘Journal’, “Police in Derry are investigating the theft of a substantial amount of copper cabling from a building site at Bay Road which was reported on Monday.

“The cabling is believed to have been taken sometime between 7pm on Friday June 5 and 7am on Monday June 8.

“Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact police at Strand Road on 101.

“Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”