Vandal gang targets Padiham Cricket Club

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Mindless vandals have left Padiham Cricket Club a complete mess after going on a late night wrecking spree.

Rampaging youths targeted the Arbory Drive club on Friday night causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage to the exterior of the building.

We do believe there is a gang of youths going round Padiham at the moment. The sports clubs are a constant target for vandalism and break-ins

Club secretary Alan Smith

Benches were smashed, guttering ripped down and roof tile edgings damaged as the gang ran riot.

Dismayed sports club secretary Alan Smith said incidents like this were becoming an all too regular occurrence with the cricket and football clubs on the losing side of a never-ending battle.

“We went up Saturday morning and basically they had been on a complete wrecking spree. Bottles had been smashed on the ground, the wooden slats on the benches had been put through, the rain water guttering had been ripped off and they’d damaged the side of the roof. It’s definitely going to cost a few hundred quid to fix up.

“We heard reports that a gang of youths had been up drinking around the ground on Friday night but unfortunately nobody reported anything at the time.

“The club is a lot more secure now than it has been in the past and so fortunately this was not a break-in. It’s still a lot of mess to clean up though and a cost the club could well do without.”

The incident was reported to the police but Mr Smith said it was becoming increasingly apparent that they are dealing with the problem on their own.

“We do believe there is a gang of youths going round Padiham at the moment. The sports clubs are a constant target for vandalism and break-ins but they can’t be monitored 24 hours a day and the police do not have the manpower to be dealing with incidents of this nature.

“There’s no fear factor nowadays. These kids just think they can do what they want and get away with it.”

Anybody with any information on the incident can contact the police on 101 or ring Crimestoppers, anonymously, om 0800 555 111.