A FOOTBALL club is to increase security after a break-in attempt over the Easter weekend.
The ‘mindless’ vandals damaged eight windows in an attempt to get into Haslingden St Mary’s FC club house on Saturday night.
Apart from smashing a clock and picking up a few empty water bottles, they left empty-handed.
Club bosses said they were now planning to brick up the windows and install extra CCTV in a bid to deter future attempts.
Anthony Fitzjohn, secretary of the Shore Street club, said: “It was an attempted break-in . Thankfully they did not get in.
“They came round and tried all eight windows but we have got bars across them.
“Every window has been badly damaged.”
The windows are made of perspex so the attempted thieves smashed round the outside and pushed them open – damaging them beyond repair.
“They managed to put their hands in and took a clock and empty water bottles . The clock had been smashed on the floor,” he said.
“It is mindless really.”
He said the attempt had caused a couple of thousand pounds worth of damage and there were now plans to replace the windows with bricks.
“We will have to increase our security after this .
That is all we can do – keep chipping away.
“We will have to remove the windows and brick them up which is another expense . We just can’t risk it anymore.
“We are very fortunate . We had a narrow escape really . It was all set up for a christening on Sunday and that was able to go ahead as normal thankfully.”
Mr Fitzjohn said the club had been broken into in the past, however there have been no recent incidents.
“We used to have roof lights but we did away with those . It was shocking .
They would come in and drop down 15 to 18ft and just trash the place and take alcohol from the bar.
“We have CCTV but it is inside and on the front so we are looking at getting more cameras.”
He added it was business as usual with functions going ahead and the first team, who are currently top of division one in the West Lancs league, playing a match on Easter Monday.
Spurs take action against lax steward caught skimping on his security checks ahead of Bournemouth clash
In the wake of the Dortmund bus attack3, security has been stepped up at football grounds across Europe. But the contractor was filmed by one pundit making only the most token of efforts to search fans prior to their entry into White Hart Lane. After the video was posted to Twitter, Spurs quickly responded with a statement that revealed the steward in question was actually a contractor and not a direct employee of the club’s.
The steward appears to search fans without touching them before they enter the stadium (Photo: Twitter/Mr_CallumWright) Security steward at Tottenham appears to search fans without touching them before they enter the stadium (Photo: Twitter/Mr_CallumWright)
“The contractor has apologised and we’ve taken action accordingly,” said the club.
There was a fierce backlash against the steward, who was accused of a serious lack of ‘professionalism’ and ‘laziness’ in the manner with which he carried out his duties. However, many also criticised the original poster of the video, suggesting he should have contacted the club in a more private manner. Security around football matches has been back in the spotlight following the bomb attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus that ocurred on April 12th, ahead of their Champions League clash with Monaco, which was subsequently postponed by 24 hours.
Security has been back in the spotlight following April 12th’s attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus (Photo: AFP) That attack left defender Marc Bartra in hospital with a broken wrist (Photo: Instagram/marcbartra)
While no one was seriously harmed in the incident, it did leave defender Marc Bartra in hospital with a broken wrist.
German investigators are currently investigating several lines of inquiry, with numerous far right extremist groups taking responsibility for the attack.
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A Muslim woman filmed airport security staff in Rome telling her to remove her hijab and be inspected because she was “not safe”. Aghnia Adzkia was returning to London, where she is a student, after visiting friends in the Italian capital when the row broke out. She said staff initially asked her to remove her hijab at the security gate at Ciampino airport.
When Aghnia, who is from Indonesia, refused she was eventually offered the option of going to a private room with a female security officer to be checked. But she felt she had been racially profiled by security and asked them to explain why the hijab inspection was necessary.
Muslim woman films her row with airport security over hijab inspection (Photo: CEN / @aghniaadzkia)
Aghnia filmed part of the argument in which a female security agent can be heard saying: “You are not safe.
“You could hide something in your hair.
“If you don’t take it off, we do not know if there’s something inside, okay ? You are not safe for us.”
Aghnia decided to abandon her flight as she was already late for boarding and re-booked a flight from another of Rome’s airport’s, Leanardo Da Vinci-Fiumicino.
But she was again asked to remove her hijab by security. This time she opted to comply. Posting on social media about her experience, Aghnia said: “I wanted to prove to them that I have nothing to hide and I am not a terrorist.
A female airport security agent tells Aghnia: “You are not safe for us” (Photo: CEN / @aghniaadzkia)
“In the meantime I saw two nuns wearing headscarves, but they weren’t asked to take them off.
“Is this what you call fair treatment and respect ?
Where are my human rights?”
But an official at the Indonesian Embassy (KBRI) argued that, when in Rome, Aghnia should have complied with the security officers’ wishes.
Airport policies on removing items of religious clothing vary in different countries and airports.
Aghnia claims she was racially profiled as she saw two nuns wearing headscarves walk through security unchecked (Photo: CEN / @aghniaadzkia)
In the UK, government advice issued in 2010 states that Some female visitors, particularly those of the Muslim faith, will wear veils or other face coverings for religious reasons.
“They must not be made to uncover their faces or hair in public or in front of a man as this could cause serious offence and distress.
“When required for security or identification purposes, the removal of the veil or face covering must be done in private with only female staff present.
“Following the removal of headwear, the person must be given the opportunity to use a mirror, and to have privacy and time to put it back on.”