Walsall Wood have made a statement after West Midlands Police shared footage of their officers breaking up ‘an illegal lock-in’ at the club on Saturday.
WM Police tweeted: “We’d had reports that drinkers were illegally gathered in the bar behind the shutters, but our attempts to get in were initially met with silence.
“Once inside, we issued 17 £200 fines, while the party organiser must pay £1000.”
Chairman Justin Hodgin has shared a statement on behalf of the Midland Football League Premier Division club, which says:
“Walsall Wood FC can confirm that police did attend our club on Saturday evening to find a number of people inside the club, when they should not have been there. The club can confirm that no club officials or club staff were on site at the time, and therefore, we are conducting our own internal investigation regarding the event and we are awaiting information from the police to conclude these.
“In the police statement, it states that following a visit to my home, I refused to give the police keys for entry and refused to give details of key holders, which I completely refute. I informed the police that I do not hold keys to the club, and in fact, gave them the names of the people who held keys.
“I can also confirm that the police did not try and contact these people after the information was given. I have also spoken to our committee members and none of these were contacted either.
“Also in the statement from West Midlands Police, it stated we have been issued a fine and our license is under review – this is the first time we have heard this. We have called the police every day since the event and we have yet to have a response.
“We are also in the process of asking the police for information of the other events since April that they have reported to have occurred at the club, apart from one visit where there was no evidence of any wrongdoing, we are completely unaware of any other instances and would welcome any information that they have so we again can do our own investigation. We do take this pandemic seriously and we will take all necessary action, as we do not condone what has happened.
“We have reviewed our on-site security and taken all necessary action so this type of occurrence will not happen again.”