Leicester Monarchs cycle speedway club was hit by vandals last Wednesday, with the clubhouse suffering £6,000 worth of damage and several items stolen.
It is thought that intruders entered the club’s premises in Frog Island, Leicester, through the roof, before spreading tins of paint on walls, furniture and floors, the Leicester Mercury reports.
The kitchen suffered severe fire damage after the vandals placed paper on the top of the hob and turned up the electric rings. A speedway cycle and personal address equipment was also stolen.
“It’s the damage they have caused which has really hit us,” club secretary Tim Jarvis told the paper. “The bike won’t be any use to them because it doesn’t have brakes or gears because it’s for speedway cycling. The PA equipment can be replaced.
“They set fire to the kitchen and that’s completely wrecked. They also threw paint all over the place. Everyone is upset but we’re not going to let it beat us.”
The club is appealing for food to serve to visitors to the team.