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Pelsall Villa targeted AGAIN as arsonists strike

By Jack Averty | Pelsall | Crime | Published:

A football club has been targeted by arsonists just weeks after it was vandalised.

Pelsall Villa, based on the Walsall Road in Pelsall, Walsall, was broken into in the early hours of this morning and set fire to.

Three cabins were destroyed in the blaze, according to West Midlands Fire Service, who were called to the scene just before 4am.

A spokeswoman said: "We sent a crew from Bloxwich and a crew from Aldridge. They arrived at 4.02am with the last crew leaving at 6.47am.

"Crews used two hose reel jets and one main jet to tackle the fire. The fire was arson and the police were contacted."

The club, which is just three weeks away from the start of the season, were in the middle of repairing the club and a number of its buildings after vandals struck at the start of the month.

On that occasion holes were ripped in the walls, the store room was trashed and red paint was thrown everywhere, causing a total of around £5,000 damage at the club, while the disused Old Bush pub next door was also targeted.

However the attacks in the area did not start this year.

Last June, the Old Bush suffered major damage in two separate fires over the same weekend, with one arson attack described as 'senseless' by firefighters.

Jack Averty

By Jack Averty
Senior Reporter - @javerty_star

Reporter with the Express & Star, based at head office in Wolverhampton

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