A CLUB that runs a dry ski slope has spoken of its devastation after discovering the slope had been set alight overnight.

Members of Pontypool Ski Racing visted the ski slope on Saturday morning to find that the top section of the slope had been completely destroyed by fire.

The wooden supports had been almost entirely burned away, with the slope material itself severely damaged.

A spokesperson for Pontypool Ski Racing, who run the slope, said: "We were devastated to see the mindless vandalism at the top of the slope.

"We’ve worked so hard to make our facilities better, with fantastic support from Torfaen Leisure Trust.

"It’s really sad to see what’s happened.

"Our slope is such a brilliant community asset.

"We’ll keep putting many volunteer hours in, to ensure everyone can enjoy it - despite this awful vandalism."

Comments of support for those who run the facility quickly appeared on social media.

Cllr Giles Davies said: "Very sad to see this destruction of facilities by a mindless minority of the community."

Cllr Anthony Hunt said: "That’s awful, so sorry to see that.

"I can’t imagine why anyone would do that."

Gwent Police have confirmed that they are treating the fire as criminal damage.

A spokesperson said: "We're appealing for information regarding criminal damage at Pontypool Ski Slopes, which took place between August 26 at 7pm and 27 at 9am.
"If you have any information please contact 101 or Gwent Police Facebook reference 2200291328."