Vandals have targeted a village cricket club during lockdown and destroyed thousands of pounds’ worth of facilities.
Volunteers at Bagnall Norton Cricket Club discovered the damage last Wednesday. Wood stain and paint had been thrown around the inside of the outdoor pavilion.
Tins of paint had been left out by volunteers completing work at the site, but the vandals decided to do some ‘decorating’ themselves.
Chairman of the club, Nigel Meakin, from Werrington, said: “The outdoor pavilion was only two years old and cost the club £10,000.
“We are doing work around the ground and left out some paint, including brown stain and gloss, so that the volunteers didn’t have to open the club up to get the paint.
“The beautiful viewing gallery was all done in cedar, which will have to be replaced as the wood stain can’t be removed.
“Everyone loves and uses the viewing area to watch the cricket out of the way of the wind. But hopefully, we can have it all sorted before the cricket season starts in mid-July.”
The cricket club is used by players aged eight and above, as well as being available to hire for functions.
Nigel, aged 58, added: “I think it’s a group of individuals from out of the area who have found somewhere to hang out. We don’t mind that, so long as they’re not causing a mess.
“We didn’t have CCTV in that area, but have now upgraded our security so it hopefully doesn’t happen again.
“This has come at a cost to the club at a time when we have no revenue, but we will soldier on. It’s a shame these individuals found a place to have a bit of fun in their eyes.”
The club posted images of the destroyed pavilion on Twitter, and wrote: “We have had some unwanted visitors this week to the club who thought it would be fun to cause damage to our facilities.