A Boston Spa parish councillor has told the Wetherby News that police are investigating a case of ‘malicious arson’ following the destruction of changing rooms in the village.
The changing rooms at Stables Lane were burned down and had to be demolished for safety reasons, according to Coun Tim Baker.
Called out at 7.15am on Friday, December 5, Coun Baker told the Wetherby News that the fire brigade and police were also in attendance and the incident is being treated as arson.
This was confirmed by a West Yorkshire Police spokesman who said: “It is definitely being investigated as deliberate.”
Coun Baker said: “I went to take a look and it turns out the neighbours heard noises from 11pm the night before, on and off.
“One of them work up at about 3.15am to find the whole building on fire.
“The police are treating it as malicious arson and that has a knock-on effect. Apparently they have CCTV of vehicles in the area at the time I understand, and the enquiries are ongoing.
“At the parish council we are disappointed at this mindless act of vandalism, which could have potentially hurt somebody quite badly.”
The changing rooms, formerly used by Boston Spartans Football Club, are in temporary use by Bramham Football Club.
A picture of the damage was tweeted by the club.
A second tweet said: “Been down to Stables Lane and all that is left of the changing rooms is pretty much a concrete base. #EndofAnEra.”
Stables Lane is kept open to the public and, as well as the changing rooms, Boston Spa’s tennis club and bowling club also have buildings on the site.
Insurance assessors are expected to take stock of the damage tomorrow (December 9) and Coun Baker said the council will ‘think very hard about what building we have on that site’.
He said: “Due to the state of the building it was clearly a deliberate act and an accelerant was used. There was some talk of copper being stolen from there, but that is as much as we know at this stage.
“It is very disappointing for us when people act in this way.”
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