17th Jul, 2019

Dismay as vandals hit Powick playing field

Malvern Editorial 15th Jul, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

‘MINDLESS’ yobs caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage when they vandalised a playing field in Powick.

Goalposts, which can cost up to £1,500, were snapped and left on the ground, while a huge amount of litter and debris was also strewn at the field, off Hospital Lane.

The incident happened between 6pm on Friday (July 10) and 9am on Saturday. The site is looked after by members of the Powick Playing Fields Association.

And Coun Tom Wells, Malvern Hills District Councillor for Powick, told The Observer he would do ‘all he possibly could’ to find some funding to repair or replace the destroyed posts.

“We have absolutely no idea who the perpetrators are as it is unlike the community of Powick to have done this,” he said.

“Young and old in Powick respect and look after each other so I am at something of a loss to understand who did this and why they did it.

“I have pledged my commitment to the playing field association that I will find some money. I will find a grant to either repair or – if necessary – replace the goalposts and I am certain I can find some money to do that.

“You wonder why people were potentially dangling from the posts but I shall do all I possibly can to find the funding for these goalposts.”

Residents have since pitched in and arranged a litter pick at the field, which plays host to a series of junior and adult team football matches from August to May.

Coun Wells added: “It is one of the best sports fields in the district.

“We occasionally have periods of anti-social behaviour but at the moment the community in Powick is very tightly-knit and I think it is unlikely this was done by local youngsters.

“It appears to be people choosing to have a party on the field which got rather out of hand.”

Police confirmed the vandalism took place and said the goals would cost about £900 to replace.

They also urged anyone with information on the incident to contact them on the non-emergency number 101 or by calling Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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