Yorkshire cricket and football pitch destroyed after vandals drive 4x4 across grass

A football and cricket club in Yorkshire has launched a fundraiser after vandals drove a 4x4 through a fence and over its playing fields last week.

A 4x4 smashed through a fence and was driven across the outfield at Southowram Cricket Club on Thursday night (Feb 8), leaving deep tyre tracks across the grass. The club says its cameras captured the outline of the car at 8.24pm but no other distinctive details.

Southowram Cricket Club and Beacon Rangers Juniors FC have launched a fundraiser to help cover the cost of repairing the damage caused by vandals.

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The cricket club have two senior sides who use the ground weekly during spring and summer, while Beacon Rangers has more than 100 childen playing every weekend during the football season. However, both have now been left with an unusable ground until extensive repairs can be done.

The damage caused to the pitch. Photo: Southowram Cricket ClubThe damage caused to the pitch. Photo: Southowram Cricket Club
The damage caused to the pitch. Photo: Southowram Cricket Club

“This wouldn’t normally be such an issue for both clubs,” said Southowram CC, “but after a recent break in and the costs to repair the damage from that, we are looking to the local community for help. If you can help in anyway shape or form please contact us. Any donations towards materials to repair and restore our beautiful ground will be appreciated.”

To donate, click here.

Anyone who can help the investigation into the vandalism at the ground should call West Yorkshire Police on 101 or contact officers by using the live chat on West Yorkshire Police’s website.

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