Vandals cause over €15,000 worth of damage at VRSA sports complex

Vandals cause over €15,000 worth of damage at VRSA sports complex

Local council to beef up surveillance to avoid further vandalism

Vila Real de Santo António Council has vehemently criticised the “acts of vandalism” carried out in the early hours of Thursday morning at the municipal sports complex, which caused over €15,000 worth of damage.

The unidentified vandals used two tractors to deal damage to the complex’s running tracks, grass pitch, vegetation and training areas and equipment.

The damage assessment was carried out by councillor Álvaro Leal on Thursday morning and the crimes have been reported to the authorities, the council says.

It is a regrettable situation which, unfortunately, has already occurred in other areas of the sports complex,” says Leal.

We are seriously committed to stopping this kind of vandalism at one of the most important collective infrastructures of the municipality, which is used daily by hundreds of athletes,” he adds.

The council also says in a statement that it is working with authorities to find the culprits and that surveillance will be beefed up at the complex, while the CCTV system will be extended to the entirety of its perimeter in order to “avoid new situations of vandalism and protect the infrastructures.”

By Michael Bruxo

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