'Minor damage' to stadium roof discovered, admit Saints

St Helens Star: Saints now say there was some 'minor damage' at Langtree Park Saints now say there was some 'minor damage' at Langtree Park

LANGTREE Park did suffer some "minor roof damage" during Wednesday evening’s storms, it has been confirmed.

Saints had said yesterday morning that initial reports that the roof had been affected by the high winds were misinformed.

But engineers and a crane were visible on the roof on Thursday afternoon as further safety inspections were carried out.

The club has now accepted that “minor damage” was discovered at a section of the South Stand roof.

It is understood a precautionary weighting solution has been put in place with the aim of preventing further problems should winds gather force again the coming days.

The club are insistent that it is has been business as usual at the stadium with functions going ahead as planned.

A Saints spokesman said: “As per the statement (Thursday morning) safety checks were then taken and minor damage was noticed when we went up on to the roof on the crane.

“The damage was minor hence the crane has now left and we are focussing all our efforts on continuing our start to the Super League season.”

Saints confirmed the damage this afternoon after the council responded to the Star’s questions about what building control officers had found on site.

A St Helens Council spokesman said: “Building Control officers were called to the Langtree Park Stadium at 7.30pm on Wednesday night at the request of the club.

“A temporary, precautionary road closure was put in place by the police.

“Minor wind damage to part of the roof was discovered and this is now being attended to by the club.”

Saints take on Hull in their first home Super League game of the season next Friday.

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