Boxing coach’s fury after vandals attack Morecambe community centre

Damage to windows outside the Community Centre on West End Road.
Damage to windows outside the Community Centre on West End Road.

A boxing coach is fuming after vandals smashed the windows of his community centre in the latest in a spate of crimes in the West End.

Owner Frank Harrington spoke out after the damage was caused to the Red Rose Community Centre on West End Road.

Frank Harrington.

Frank Harrington.

Mr Harrington, a boxing coach, set up the community centre to help underprivileged kids and get them off the streets.

But when he arrived at the centre on Thursday morning he found one large window and two smaller panes had been smashed.

Mr Harrington believes the damage was caused by somebody hurling pebbles at the glass overnight.

“I’m boiling about it, it’s frustrating,” he said.

“I’ve been here four years and never had anything like this.

“All we are trying to do is do some good in the area. We are putting in an internet cafe next week for people who cannot afford it, out of my own pocket.

“We have CCTV so hopefully they’ve been caught on camera.”

The Red Rose Community Centre houses a boxing gym, ju jitsu and fitness classes.

“Myself and (ju-jitsu coach) Andy Manwaring have turned this place into a brilliant place for kids and adults,” said Mr Harrington, a former professional boxer.

“I think, what piece of scum would do this?”

Mr Harrington has offered free membership for a year to anyone who can identify the culprit.

This incident comes following a spate of crimes in the West End of Morecambe in recent weeks.

A woman was robbed of her purse and phone by a group of youths in an attack in an alleyway on Brunswick Road on July 29.

Two teenagers have been arrested and bailed on suspicion of arson at the Ranch House pub on Marine Road West on July 1.

There was also a spate of vandalism to the West End Gardens, Breeze Café and Alexandra Park.