GLOSSODIA, do you know what your kids are up to? — This is the question being asked by residents after any hope of a sporting summer was ruined by what locals are calling ‘‘youths’’ who set out on a vandalism rampage last week.
The cricket pitch at Woodbury Reserve was set alight in the early hours of Tuesday, January 8, and will now be out of use for at least this season.
Fed up with the amount of vandalism and thefts occurring, members of the close-knit community are fuming over the recent attack.
The Gazette understands that those responsible for the mindless destruction stole skip bins and cardboard boxes from the local liquor store before setting them on fire in the middle of the cricket pitch at about 1am.
During a week of catastrophic weather conditions, Glossodia Cricket Club president Neil Byers said the outcome could have been a lot worse.
“Because of the temperatures and high winds, embers blew across the ground all the way up to the canteen.
“They could have wiped out the entire grounds, if not the entire suburb,” Mr Byers said.
The culprits, who are believed to be known to police, also ripped out sprinkler systems around the grounds and smashed windows to the cricket and soccer club house.
But this isn’t the first time the sporting complex has been hit by so called ‘‘delinquents’’.
Mr Byers said the facility has been repeatedly targeted and this is the third time the pitch has been set on fire in a matter of weeks.
“The first time they torched it was on Christmas eve then again on New Year’s Eve” Mr Byers said.
“Two weeks before Christmas they ripped down the shutters on the canteen and in the past, they’ve poured litres of diesel on the grounds, shattered lights around the complex and even chucked burnouts on the field.”
Mr Byer said he has even found drug paraphernalia, such as bongs, lying around the Reserve.
“The community knows who is behind all of this, but no member of the public is willing to talk because of fear of retribution,’’ Mr Byer said.
“They are scared what will happen to their business or homes and for most of them that’s their livelihoods.”
Mr Byers said at this stage, he couldn’t put a price on the cost of repairing the damage.
“Volunteers put a lot of time and effort into maintaining the grounds and all just to have this keep happening,” Mr Byers said.
“The cricket club is still trying to fix the pitch but at this rate it looks like we won’t be able to play any games here for the rest of the season.”
Other angered community members have branded those responsible a ‘disgrace’ and their actions ‘disgusting.
■ Anyone who may have information on the vandalism contact Windsor Police on 4587 4099 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.
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