CASTLEFORD Tigers’ chiefs have been dealt a blow after thieves swiped thousands of pounds worth of cable during the festive period.
Yobs struck at Tigers’ Wheldon Road ground between December 23 and January 3 – stealing 700 metres of electric cabling used to power the hospitality boxes, floodlights and turnstiles.
Club chief executive Steve Ferres said the theft was a “kick in the teeth” for the Super League club, leaving bosses with a repair bill which could cost more than £15,000.
He said: “I’m very disappointed. We have put in a lot of work at the club during difficult times to improve the aesthetics and setbacks like this are quite frankly dispiriting.
“The costs could run into five figures and it’s money we haven’t budgeted for. If we can get it through insurance, that will help. If not, it’s a major problem.”
Mr Ferres said the theft had come at the “worst possible time” for the club, which finished second from the bottom in the Super League table after a disappointing season.
He said the club’s focus was on preparing for a friendly match against Featherstone Rovers on January 20, assessing and repairing the damage, and improving security at the ground.
He said: “The club is finding it very difficult at the moment and it’s disappointing that people have to resort to stealing cable during a season of goodwill.
“We will be looking at security, whether that be CCTV, security guards or perimeter fencing, and we will be working very hard to get ready for the game against Featherstone Rovers.
“We have to be bigger than this and move on.”
West Yorkshire police is appealing for witnesses or anyone with information about the incident to come forward.
A spokesman said: “Police were made aware of the theft of around 700 metres of cable from the Castleford Tigers club, which took place between 3pm on December 23 and 8.30am on January 3.
“The thieves had cut the cabling from junction boxes outside of the ground.
“Due to the large volume of material that was stolen, the thieves will have had to leave the scene in a van or similar vehicle.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Wakefield CID via 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.