Club fights back from arson attack

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MEMBERS of a Warsop club targeted by arsonists last year have thanked the community for helping them get back on their feet.

Firebugs set light to Warsop Ex-Servicemen’s Club twice in four days last November by drilling holes through windows and squirting flammable liquid into the building.

Bosses were left shocked and puzzled by the identical attacks, fearing someone could have a vendetta against the club.

The clean-up operation is now over and has cost the venue almost £50,000 - although members hope to get it back through insurance.

And now club secretary Reg Davey has thanked residents for their help.

“We are all up and running now,” he said.

“Everybody rallied round and we wanted to thank them all. If anybody knows anything please do let the police know because somebody must be brought to book for this.

“I cannot express the revulsion I have for the arsonists. We do so much for charity and for the community I just cannot understand why they would do this.”

The first incident at the Carr Lane venue happened on 19th November at around 2.30am, while the second took place at 1.30am on 22nd November.

The two blazes destroyed the club office and caused severe smoke damage to the snooker and function rooms.

But Reg is still thankful no one was harmed in either incident.

“What if someone had been in there?” he said this week. “They could have been killed. These people do not care.

“We have just finished the refurbishment work. All the electrics have been re-done, new carpets put in the snooker room and the office has been re-floored.”

Members of the club also refused to let the arson attacks get them down and made sure their festive events went ahead as planned.

“We had a fabulous Christmas, there was a smell of smoke but the members understood,” Reg said.

Detectives investigated the attacks and still want to speak to anyone who knows any details about what happened.

A Nottinghamshire Police spokesman said a total of six people had been arrested in connection with the incident but there was insufficient evidence.

Anyone with information should contact Mansfield North CID on 0300 3009999 extension 80534464 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 855111.