Appeal launched to help vandal-targeted village cricket club

AN appeal has been launched to help a cricket club in the Staffordshire Moorlands repair thousands of pounds worth of damage caused by vandals.

The offenders struck at Bagnall Norton CC's Light Oaks ground last week. .

Wood stain and paint were been thrown around the inside of the pavilion at the Light Oaks ground.

Police were alerted after club volunteers made the discovery on Wednesday.

Club chairman Nigel Meakin 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".

He added: “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.

The club posted images of the destroyed pavilion on Twitter

Club member Lee Sockett has launched an online appeal on the gofundme website to help with the repair cost of the damaged facilities.

Lee said: "Our club is run as a community club and raises its own funds from the revenue we generate from when we are open."

Anyone wishing to support the appeal can go to:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/repair-of-damaged-facilities-aft



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