Belfast Telegraph

Disabled toilets 'trashed' by vandals at Glenavon during Irish League game

By Allan Preston

Vandalism to disabled toilets at a leading Northern Ireland football club has been condemned.

Pictures emerged yesterday showing the facilities at Glenavon FC had been destroyed.

The Lurgan-based club is currently top of the Danske Bank Premiership - the top division of local football.

Old Lurgan Photos Facebook page, which obtained the images, said they were "sickened and angry" by the damage that occurred after Glenavon's 2-0 win over Newry City at Mourneview Park on Saturday evening.

"This affects us all, whether it's at the rugby club, cricket club, gaelic club, hockey club, tennis club, whatever," they said.

A spokesperson for the group told the Belfast Telegraph that "everyone is disgusted" by the damage, and said the culprit should "sort it out quietly".

One fan commented: "Hard to accept when the team is doing the town proud."

Another responded by offering to repair the damage free of charge.

Glenavon chairman Adrian Teer said the club would have its own investigation but didn't want to give the vandals any publicity.

He said the destruction had nothing to do with Saturday's game.

DUP MLA for Upper Bann Carla Lockhart said the destruction was unacceptable.

"My understanding is that someone just went in and absolutely trashed the toilets," she said. "What frustrates me is I worked hard with Glenavon to secure funding for the club through a women's football tournament.

"We actually managed to get money to upgrade the Glenavon facilities as they maybe weren't as good as they should have been.

"It just beggars belief that this would happen, even though we don't know who is responsible at this stage.

"They're just such a fantastic community club, they do so much. Something like this absolutely goes to the core.

"Some may think this is trivial but it is meant to be there for disabled users.

"I'm just thankful there's already support from the community to get the facilities up and running."

The damage marred what was otherwise a night of celebration for the Glenavon side.

Goals from Andy Hall and Ben Doherty secured a 10th win of the league season which keeps them top of the table, a point ahead of Linfield, with a third of the campaign played.

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