Arson at Maesteg Rugby Club

A blaze at Maesteg Rugby Club was started deliberately say police. The fire caused huge damage to the clubhouse and one of the stands at the ground.

Damage at Rugby Club could cost half a million to repair

Maesteg Rugby Club
The members' lounge of Maesteg Rugby Club Credit: ITV News

Maesteg Rugby Club has been told that the damage caused by a fire on Tuesday could cost up to £500,000 to repair. The figure was quoted by an independent loss assessor.

The club's insurance company has visited the ground and will do so again, before giving a further estimate of the cost of the damage.

The blaze, which started at around 5pm on Tuesday, destroyed part of the clubhouse and part of a stand at one of Wales' oldest rugby clubs.

A joint investigation by the police and fire service has established it was started deliberately.

South Wales Police is appealing for help to identify a group of youths seen at the ground on Tuesday afternoon.

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Police hunt youths after rugby club arson attack

Police say two youths, aged 13-14 who were riding bikes, were seen to climb over a gate of Maesteg Rugby Club near the Tesco car park at around 4.30pm last night.

Detectives say one was wearing a green hooded top and the other was wearing a dark grey one and black jogging bottoms.

There was another group of up to 15 youths aged around 14 years inside the ground at this time.

The fire broke out at around 5pm in an area of clubhouse and engulfed a large part of the building and the adjoining stand.

We need to identify these youths as they may hold vital information about what happened.

“Maesteg Rugby Club is at the heart of the community and the considerable damage caused by this fire will be felt by many people.

“Judging by the reaction of the community this is a real tragedy for the town and I am appealing to anyone with information to come forward.

– Detective Inspector David Rees of Bridgend CID

Police to hold press conference on rugby club arson

The sponsors' lounge of Maesteg Rugby Club this morning. Credit: ITV News

South Wales Police are appealing to anyone with information about the arson attack or who saw anyone within the rugby ground in Llynfi Road on Tuesday to come forward.

Charred memorabilia at Maesteg Rugby Club following an arson attack. Credit: ITV News

Police appeal following 'arson' at rugby club

Police say the fire at Maesteg Rugby Club was arson. Credit: Viewer's Picture/Jonny Phillips

Police are appealing for information following the blaze at Maesteg Rugby Club yesterday evening.

Detective Constable Lee Duke said, “We are treating this as arson and want to hear from anyone who may have information or who saw anyone acting suspiciously in or near the rugby ground."

The fire broke out in the clubhouse and engulfed a large part of the building and the adjoining stand.

A joint police and fire service examination of the scene confirmed the fire was started deliberately.

Police are appealing to anyone with information or who saw anyone within the rugby ground in Llynfi Road on Tuesday to come forward.

“Maesteg Rugby Club is an important part of the local community and the considerable damage to the club will be felt by many people” added DC Duke.

Members of Maesteg Rugby Club told ITV News that they are optimistic about the extent of the damage in the clubhouse and a stand.

They say there is smoke damage in the main room but the bar area has been gutted. Insurance assessors are at the club today.

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Maesteg fire started 'deliberately'

The aftermath of the fire at Maesteg rugby club Credit: Tom Sheldrick/ITV News

South Wales Fire Service say a fire which broke out at Maesteg Rugby Club this evening was started deliberately.

Fire crews arrived at the scene around 5pm this evening and were there for around three hours.

Officials are now working to find out who was responsible for starting the blaze.

Stand at Maesteg Rugby Club on fire

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service says a stand of the ground at Maesteg Rugby Club is on fire, as well as the clubhouse.

The first fire engine arrived at 5.10pm, and crews have now been fighting the fire for around an hour and a half.

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#SWControl HP Update on Maesteg Rugby Club 1st floor lounge and stand involved in fire, 6 appliances along with special appliances committed

Craig Yates from Only Men Aloud is one of dozens of people who have taken to Twitter to express their sadness.

The club's website says it was founded in 1877.

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Sad to see that Maesteg Rugby Club is on fire. This is where we held @onlyboysaloud rehearsals. Hope all is ok. http://t.co/9tBcjJk2BZ

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