Rangers to address issue of violence
A fight in which a woman threw gasoline over another woman and tried to set her ablaze has led Southampton Rangers Club to organise an anti-violence forum.
Jason Wade, president of the club, said the Christmas Eve attack was “a very unfortunate incident that occurred in the public road outside the club”.
He added the “chat and chew” event at the club would be used to try to come up with ways to deter violence and antisocial behaviour.
The move came after sports clubs earlier this year vowed to tap into the community to clamp down on disorder.
A symposium organised by the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity was held in March.
It is understood a woman has been arrested in connection with the gasoline attack, which came after closing time and was unsuccessful, and Mr Wade commended Rangers’ security for leaving their post inside the club grounds to tackle the fight.
He added: “The club has been fully co-operative in assisting authorities with this matter and the offender has been banned from the premises.
“With all of the positive community events that the club has been hosting, the Southampton Rangers community will not let the actions of this individual deter us from the goals the club has set.”
Mr Wade said: “The January gathering is planned for the public to collectively come together to give ideas and assistance to make the club a better community club for all.”
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