Leigh rugby club forced to close after travellers set up camp on pitch

The Bolton News: The Leigh RUFC club after the travellers were forced to leave the site The Leigh RUFC club after the travellers were forced to leave the site

A SPORTS club was forced to close for a few days after its car park and all-weather pitch were used by travellers.

Leigh Rugby Union Football Club, in Pennington, closed on Wednesday when 14 caravans illegally moved on to the Hand Lane site.

The caravans have moved after being issued with an order to vacate the area on Friday, but the club said it had to pay £2,000 for a company which specialises in legally and forcibly removing travellers.

A club spokesman said: “The site is clear and as secure as we can get it. We are pushing ahead to install sturdy height barriers at the gate area and also looking at vulnerable grassed areas in the vicinity that may be illegally accessed.”

The club is appealing for help to cover costs.

The spokesman said: “A great way to help is to join as a member for £10 and have a drink.

“That way we benefit from cash and you benefit in becoming a member with access to a CAMRA award winning hospitality.”

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11:13am Mon 24 Feb 14

AndyMorton says...

Talk about getting people in sport to get fit and healthy.... Yeah lets close the club down
Talk about getting people in sport to get fit and healthy.... Yeah lets close the club down AndyMorton

12:28pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Jim271 says...

Looks like the money channel four gave them has run out!!!!!
Looks like the money channel four gave them has run out!!!!! Jim271

1:43pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Beyond News Forum says...

And is it any wonder these people get a bad name. Ignorance and disrespect is one thing, but blatant trespass is another. And will anything happen? No!
And is it any wonder these people get a bad name. Ignorance and disrespect is one thing, but blatant trespass is another. And will anything happen? No! Beyond News Forum

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