A VANDALISED speedway track is raising funds for improved security measures, and has been flooded with donations and support.

Northside Speedway Track in Workington was ransacked and burnt in the early hours of Boxing Day, with a trail of destruction left behind.

Director Andrew Bain and his 13-year-old daughter Katie, who spends her spare time helping out at the track, were left devastated by the attack, and Mr Bain wanted to have security cameras installed to put a stop to it.

This was the second time the track had been targeted in the past year, causing around £3,000 worth of damage, with paint cans, cement, flagpoles, flood lamps and gas cannisters burnt to ash, the cafe broken into through a window, a generator being stolen and the office vandalised.

The previous attack saw copper wiring and generators stolen, with a total of £6,000 worth of damage done to the organisation.

But with the help of the caring Workington community donating to their JustGiving page, and an “amazing” anonymous donation posted through Mr Bain’s door, the target has been reached.

“The response has been great so far,” the pleased manager said.

“We’ve raised over £250 online, and we had £400 posted through our door with a letter saying, ‘I hope this will help with the track’, which was amazing.”

The security system Andrew is hoping to install is expected to cost around £700, and he’s delighted to say that thanks to those who have donated, he’s almost reached his target.

Along with the financial support, many have offered donations of kitchen appliances for the cafe, as well as giving up their time to help Andrew tidy the damage left behind.

And following the “upsetting” events, the father and daughter duo are grateful to their generous town.

“Thanks for all the support, and thank you to the volunteers who have been down here to help us with tidying and sorting everything out,” Andrew said.

“We have a big speedway community in Workington, and everyone really pulls together – hopefully everything can get back to normal soon.”

To donate to the fundraiser, visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/katie-bain.