Owners devastated after arson attack destroys gym on its opening day

Owners devastated after arson attack destroys gym on its opening day

James Colter and Robert Chapman

The scene of the fire at the mill in Brownlow Business Park

First published in Crime The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , business editor

GYM owners had £10,000 of equipment destroyed in an arson attack on a Halliwell mill.

Insurance assessors at CrossFit Primal Training at Brownlow Business Park in Tennyson Street, have told owners James Colter and Robert Chapman that their furniture, exercise equipment and flooring cannot be salvaged.

Although the blaze caused the greatest damage to the neighbouring Afford-a-Part business, it also caused the closure of CrossFit on its opening day.

Up to 30 firefighters took four hours to tackle the blaze and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said it believes the fire was started deliberately.

The disruption caused by the blaze has come as a major blow to 29-year-old joint owner of CrossFit, Mr Colter.

Mr Colter has been building up to opening the gym for several years at the same time as battling multiple sclerosis (MS) — a disease he was diagnosed with at the age of 21, while on the verge of a career as professional break dancer.

The former Harper Green School pupil was inspired to launch the gym after conducting his own physiotherapy to battle the symptoms of the disease.

He said: “To have to close the gym on the opening day was devastating.

“When I was diagnosed with MS, I felt like everything was taken from me, but I then became a pilates teacher and was able to do my own physio.

“I researched MS, and found out there are many different ways you can challenge your nervous system.

“Everyone I meet is shocked when I say I have MS because you wouldn’t see it to look at me.

“The things you don’t see are the emotional scars. For example, I have problems with concentration and controlling my emotions.”

Mr Colter and Mr Chapman, aged 33, are now planning to reopen their gym when equipment is replaced and damage to the premises has been repaired.

People with information about the crime are asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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10:17am Fri 30 May 14

Jim271 says...

Looks like someone very nearby does not like the competition.

However no community can be mentioned by name.
Looks like someone very nearby does not like the competition. However no community can be mentioned by name. Jim271
  • Score: 13

11:15am Fri 30 May 14

Chrome1 says...

Jim271 wrote:
Looks like someone very nearby does not like the competition. However no community can be mentioned by name.
Erm, the gym-owner community?
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: Looks like someone very nearby does not like the competition. However no community can be mentioned by name.[/p][/quote]Erm, the gym-owner community? Chrome1
  • Score: 6

10:12pm Fri 30 May 14

Wolfie190 says...

Have they paid their cocaine and steroid bills ?
Have they paid their cocaine and steroid bills ? Wolfie190
  • Score: -12

8:35am Sun 1 Jun 14

TDK123 says...

If I was Mr Colter and Mr Chapman I would be contacting the police to investigate wolfie190,s identity, so that I could commence my claim for slander/libel/defama
tion.
What a spurious comment without grounds or facts.
If I was Mr Colter and Mr Chapman I would be contacting the police to investigate wolfie190,s identity, so that I could commence my claim for slander/libel/defama tion. What a spurious comment without grounds or facts. TDK123
  • Score: 4

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