Not again! Vandals burn Hailsham Cricket Club nets

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VANDALS pulled up new cricket nets worth £2,000 and set fire to them in a bonfire with wooden pallets, cardboard and plastic on the middle of the Astroturf at a cricket clubhouse.

Rob Wilkinson, director of Hailsham Cricket Club, said it happened between 12am and 2am last Sunday, April 22.

Mr Wilkinson said the vandalism had been very well organised to destroy the two nets which had only been installed at the club four weeks ago.

He told the Sussex Express: “Both of the nets have been damaged and are not useable again at the moment.”

Cricket nets were destroyed at the club only last August and there have been other vandalism incidents in recent years – and at the nearby Hailsham Football Club ground along Western Road.

Mr Wilkinson said he was meeting police and councillors to discuss the issue.

But the club director could not think of a straighforward solution to stop the vandals.

He added: “It is going to affect the club massively. It is two weeks until the season starts.

“This couldn’t be at a worse time. The adults training is already going to have to stop.”

CCTV footage near the site is being studied by police.

Chief Inspector Richard Coates said: “It causes me great pain to see such damage being caused in our communities.

“We will leave no stone unturned in trying to find out who committed the damage and bring them to justice.

“We also need the public’s help.

“If anyone knows anything, however small, then please call us on 101 or if you dont want to leave details please call crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”