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Vandals strike again at Ellem

ANNOYED: Ellem Oval curator John Holmes inspects the damage done to the wicket by vandals on Thursday night.
ANNOYED: Ellem Oval curator John Holmes inspects the damage done to the wicket by vandals on Thursday night.

By TONY WHITE

VANDALS have again damaged the cricket pitch and wicket surrounds at Ellem Oval, Grafton.

The damage occurred on Thursday night and is being investigated by Grafton Police.

"It appears the damage was occasioned by persons diving and skidding on the pitch about 8.30pm last night," police said yesterday.

Clarence River Cricket Association president Bruce Baxter has had enough.

"Just another continued occurence of wanton vandalism," Baxter said.

"Fortunately, the damage is fixable and the Brothers and East Tavern game will go ahead."

The latest vandalism at Ellem Oval follows an axe attack by vandals on December 4. A new $3000 PVC wicket cover and the pitch were badly damaged in the attack.

Thursday evening's attack on the ground also follows a spate of vandalism in the Yamba area.

"It (vandalism) is happening at Yamba and it's happening here (Grafton)," Baxter said.

"It's just so frustrating.

"We have to rely on the good will of the community and for the most part it's been okay but this is annoying."



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