Vandals have damaged the cricket pitch at JJ Lawrence Field, South Grafton with car tyre marks for the second time in two weeks on the night of Thursday, 15th December, 2016.
Vandals have damaged the cricket pitch at JJ Lawrence Field, South Grafton with car tyre marks for the second time in two weeks on the night of Thursday, 15th December, 2016. Bill North

Cricketers angered by repeated acts of senseless vandalism

THE local cricket community is angered and frustrated by yet another act of senseless vandalism to a cricket pitch in South Grafton.

For the second time in the past two weeks Clarence River Cricket Association curator Tony "Skully" Blanch has filed a report to Grafton Police after discovering damage to JJ Lawrence Field this morning.

"When you arrive to work at 6.30 in the morning and see this you get pretty peeved about it," Blanch said.

 

 

Blanch said vandalism to the wicket from late night hoons driving on the field had been an ongoing issue for about five years.

He spent most of this morning repairing the wicket to ensure the GDSC Second Grade clashes between South Services and Westlawn on Saturday and GDSC Easts and Westlawn on Sunday can still go ahead.

"These are people who don't care," he said. "But they are damaging a field that is there for our kids to play on. It's an extra burden for myself and for council which ultimately means ratepayers' money."

Mr Blanch said he had passed on information to the police in relation to possible suspects and urged anyone who lives in the area who sees or hears anything suspicious to contact police immediately.

Sargent Adam Brown confirmed police were treating the repeat incidents as a serious matter and calling for witness to come forward. "It's just senseless vandalism," Sgt Brown said.

"There was a similar incident about two weeks ago which police are investigating.

"Someone in the community must know who is doing this. Police are treating it as serious and would like people to come forward with information."

People with information should contact Grafton Police on 6642 0222 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. 

>> SEE ALSO: Cricketers angry at hoons' damage to ground

 

REPAIR DESPAIR: Clarence River Cricket Association grounds committee representative Terry Brien and Coutts Crossing Cricket Club vice-president Dean Clark survey the damage on the cricket field at McIntosh Park.
REPAIR DESPAIR: Clarence River Cricket Association grounds committee representative Terry Brien and Coutts Crossing Cricket Club vice-president Dean Clark survey the damage on the cricket field at McIntosh Park.


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