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Speedway champion: "Without this place I wouldn't be able to achieve anything"

Speedway world champion Kyle Bickley has raised £1500 Credit: ITV Border

Speedway world champion Kyle Bickley from Workington has raised more than £1600 after vandals damaged the track where he trains. It wasn't insured so Kyle Bickley set up a go fund me page to contribute towards the repair costs.

Vandals caused more than £70,000 worth of damage to the Northside Speedway track where he has trained since he was eight.

Kyle says some of the young people who train at the track will miss out if it is not returned to its former condition

You can watch the full report on tonight's Lookaround with Pam Royle and Ian Payne at 6pm.


Vandals damage Workington speedway track

Vandals caused more than £100,000 worth of damage at Workington speedway training track Credit: ITV

Vandals have caused more than £100,000 worth of damage to a Speedway training track in Workington.

A fire in the club house and slashes to the safety barriers have meant the team of volunteers have cancelled the Under 16 British Youth Championship, the biggest meeting on their calendar.

Paul Bickley, a volunteer a the track, said:

We are hoping we can repair some of the damage quickly and get the meeting rearranged. This track is for kids and I can't understand why anyone would target kids. It can't be an accident as walls for the new pits were smashed and the safety barriers slashed as well as the fire. We are going to do our best to get up and running as soon as possible as we know what it means to the kids that use it.

– Paul Bickley, Volunteer at
Safety barriers were slashed by vandals Credit: ITV

Berwick chasing Edinburgh's tails in Speedway

Workington lost another meeting to the weather when last night's fixture against Scunthorpe was scrapped.

The Comets now face a remarkable fixture crisis with 18 fixtures in the space of 28 days.

Berwick did get the action on against Sheffield on Saturday evening, and the Bandits won comfortably, which sets them up for tomorrow night's crucial fixture against Edinburgh.

George Hepburn is the Director of Berwick Bandits:


Comets cling on to title hopes

The speedway season is reaching a crescendo and the Comets are still alive in three competitions after they beat Edinburgh to stay afloat in the play-offs.

Workington were then leading Ipswich in the League Cup semi-final before that was abandoned.

They're still involved in the Knock-out cup, but they lost Saturday night's semi-final first leg at Newcastle by 18 points. Berwick Bandits still have the chance to salvage something from their frustrating season.

The win over Redcar Bears on Saturday means they're well placed to make progress in the Premier Clubs Trophy. The Bandits can make the final as long as they evade a big defeat when they go to Glasgow next Sunday.

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Workington Comets had their home fixture against newcastle rained off at the weekend.

Track staff worked hard to clear the track but the incessant drizzle meant it wasn't in a fit state to race and safety would be an issue.

A re-arranged date hasn't been fixed yet.

In the Friday meeting Workington Comets lost to Edinburgh.

Berwick Bandits lost to Newcastle on Sunday in the league cup, after a disastrous start they finished well but ultimately lost.

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