Football matches could be postponed after a “mindless” Range Rover driver ripped up a village pitch in his 4×4 vehicle. The incident was witnessed by Pendle Forest Sports Club chairman Darren Helliwell at around 8-45pm on Monday.
The chairman said:
I was in the clubhouse emptying dehumidifiers from an earlier flood we’d had when I heard the car. “I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw it doing ‘doughnuts’ from one goalmouth to the other. How anybody in their right minds can think that’s acceptable is beyond me.
The pitch is absolutely ruined and we may have to cancel our spring and summer matches that were planned for the local children. I’m disgusted. If it was kids on motorbikes you could maybe understand it, but this was obviously a grown adult. It’s pathetic, they’re old enough to know better.
Mr Helliwell caught a good look at the driver as well as noting the vehicle’s registration number which has now forwarded to the police who are investigating.
The football posts were up on the pitch so there’s no excuse for whoever did this. They cannot plead ignorance that it was just a field. We will now have to assess the damage and how much it will cost to repair. Some of the indents are up to 30cm deep. It’s disgraceful.
If you or anybody has any information please call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.