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Neighbours set up dog watch to protect football club from vandals

PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 September 2017

Dog walkers who will be patrolling the football club grounds.

Dog walkers who will be patrolling the football club grounds.


A football club in Nailsea has started its own neighbourhood dog patrol after a spate of vandalism at the grounds.

Neighbourhood dog watch team. Neighbourhood dog watch team.

Nailsea and Tickenham Football Club has been plagued by vandals who have set fire to a skip, pulled up fencing and cut advertising banners at the ground in Fryth Way.

Richard Whiston was out walking his dog when he spotted the fire and called the emergency services, which prevented the blaze from spreading.

Committee members have now enlisted the help of Richard and fellow dog walkers by setting up a neighbourhood dog watch.

Al Parsons, who is on the football club committee, said: “There is sadly a history of mindless vandalism which taints the history of the ground and 
in recent week this would appear to have escalated seeing advertising banners get cut, fencing being pulled out of the ground and a skip fire which had to be extinguished by the emergency services.

“Rich was quick to act and thankfully we were able to make sure the fire was contained.

“Richard is one of many dog walkers who come to Fryth Way and we love having them down.

“Just like Richard has demonstrated, the dog walking community are our eyes and ears and we thank them for their service patrolling and reporting what they see.”

A team of dog walkers will now be keeping an eye on the building to try to prevent it from becoming a target again.

Mr Parsons added: “As a result Nailsea and Tickenham FC have now taken steps to try to prevent further offences being committed in order to preserve the access to the field for the wider community.

“The committee in place have managed to establish a team of people who are striving to best the current facilities for people in the area – however, a small minority are determined to upset these efforts.

“The club has established a partnership with PC Martin Faithful, the local beat manager for Nailsea and his local policing team.

“A new set of CCTV cameras have been installed and the new neighbourhood dog-walker scheme has been established.”

Anyone who is interested in volunteering to become part of the dog-walking lookout team, should email

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