Vandals cause £3,000-worth of damage to new nets at Edwinstowe Cricket Club
A cricket club chairman was left devastated after nets were vandalised, causing £3,000 worth of damage.
The club had only taken delivery of the nets at the start of April and the improved equipment had been used a handful of times by players across the community.
The metal tubing had been bent, causing extensive damage, after reports had been received of people swinging on the equipment.
Edwinstowe Cricket Club chairman Mike Wigglesworth said:"The club spent last year planning and fundraising 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. Today, they are 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.
"We are appealing to anyone who has any information to contact the police immediately."
Nottinghamshire Police are investigating a report of criminal damage to a cricket club's equipment.
Officers were called to Edwinstowe Cricket Club on April 14 following a report that their cricket nets had been damaged overnight.
Pc Graham Whitehead 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."
Anyone with information should call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 126 of April 14.