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Rugby club damaged in fire now burgled three times

A South Wales Valleys rugby club which suffered huge damage from a fire two months ago has now been burgled three times in as many days.

Maesteg Rugby Club is one of Wales' oldest, founded in 1877.

South Wales Police said it believed the fire, in August, was started deliberately.

The fire destroyed part of a stand and part of the clubhouse. Credit: Viewer's picture / Jonny Phillips

A lot of memorabilia was lost or damage in the blaze two months ago.

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South Wales Police now says it is investigating a burglary, which happened sometime between 1pm on Monday 14 October and 9.30am on Tuesday 15 October, when items of sporting memorabilia were stolen.

They included a Wales number 9 shirt donated by former international Rob Howley, a rugby league shirt worn by Kevin Ellis and a Wales under-19 shirt of a former youth player at the club.

Chief Constable Viv Price, from Maesteg police station, said: "The shirts are irreplaceable and mean a great deal to the club and its members."

Burglaries also happened on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October, with confectionary and alcohol stolen.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Fans arrive for first Maesteg home game since fire

Fans arrive at Maesteg RFC
Fans start arriving at Maesteg RFC's first game at home since a fire last month Credit: Mike Griffiths / ITV News

Fans have started arriving at Maesteg RFC for the club's first home game since a fire last month, which destroyed part of the clubhouse and stand.

They are playing Aberystwyth later on.

Maesteg RFC pose for photo
Maesteg RFC pose for a photo ahead of their match against Aberystwyth Credit: Mike Griffiths / ITV News

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 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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