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Edwinstowe Cricket Club devastated by vandals who caused £3,000 worth damage

A cricket club has been devastated by vandals after they caused thousands of pounds worth of damage.

Edwinstowe Cricket Club's £3,000 nets had only been used a handful of times since being replaced in April.

The metal tubing had been bent after reports of people swinging on the equipment and causing extensive damage.

Damage done to nets at Edwinstowe Cricket Club. (46811088)
Damage done to nets at Edwinstowe Cricket Club. (46811088)

Mike Wigglesworth, cricket club chairman, said: "The club spent last year planning and fund-raising to improve facilities for nurturing young cricketing talent in our village. And despite the pandemic, they reached their target.

"The new nets are worth about £3,000. The club took delivery of them a fortnight ago and today, they were in a sorry state, bent and buckled out of shape.

"It looks like people were swinging from them and pushed right over causing extensive damage and it will be costly to repair.

Damage done to nets at Edwinstowe Cricket Club. (46811124)
Damage done to nets at Edwinstowe Cricket Club. (46811124)

"We are appealing to anyone who has any information to contact the police immediately."

Nottinghamshire Police are investigating a report of criminal damage to the cricket club's equipment.

Officers were called to Edwinstowe Cricket Club on April 14, 2021, following a report that cricket nets had been damaged overnight.

Police Constable Graham Whitehead of Nottinghamshire Police, leading the investigation, said: "It's hugely disappointing to see the club's brand new equipment destroyed so quickly, especially after brilliant work by the whole community organising the funds.

"We are keen to help the community find out who did this.

"If you have any information that can help with our enquires please call 101, quoting incident number 126 of April 14, 2021."

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