Disgust as cars wreck pitches

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The “thoughtless behaviour” of vandals in cars at the weekend has temporarily taken a pair of Arbroath football pitches out of action.

Volunteers and players from Arbroath Community Sports Club turning up for training on Friday evening were horrified to discover that one or more cars had used the pitches at Hercules Den as an impromptu race track, criss-crossing the pitches with tyre tracks and making two of them unplayable.

It is thought that the vandals were able to enter the Den via a path leading onto the playing fields.

The club took to Facebook, highlighting the problem via a video which has at the time of writing been watched around 8000 times and garnered many angry comments from residents.

The pitches are owned by Angus Council and the local authority has pledged to get them up and running in time for this Sunday’s fixtures.

A council spokesman said: “We will ensure that the pitches are repaired and ready for the home fixtures this weekend.

“While we are not aware of any previous incidents of this kind at this park, this type of thoughtless behaviour causes upset to others in the community and we will be monitoring the situation.”

Paul Gray of Arbroath Community Sports Club told the Herald: “We appreciate the help from Angus Council in resolving this issue. 
“This type of incident happens more regularly than a one off but this is the worst it has been.

“It’s just very disheartening to the club to have to stop all activities which we have in place for kids’ football development.

“If the council would put a padlocked gate at the path in which has access to the playing fields this would stop this from happening in the future.”

In a further statement on Facebook the club thanked the public for their support and also Arbroath Lads Club who had offered to help with rehoming any displaced games.