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VIDEO : Vandals' 'donuts' damage cricket pitch

Bournemouth Echo: UNUSABLE: Steve Maine and members of the Kingston Lacy Cricket Team  on Pamphill Green, which has been damaged UNUSABLE: Steve Maine and members of the Kingston Lacy Cricket Team on Pamphill Green, which has been damaged

HEARTLESS vandals have rendered a carefully tended cricket pitch unusable after performing ‘donuts’ on it.

Players for the Kingston Lacy Cricket Club were left ‘devastated’ after discovering a car had been driven over the ground, leaving deep marks in the grass.

It is believed that the pitch, in Pamphill, near Wimborne, will be out of action for some time after the incident took place on Friday night.

Jacqueline Charman’s son Dan, 15, plays for the team.

She said: “At some point overnight, somebody with a vehicle has gone up there and they have driven ‘donuts’ all around the pitch.

“It’s just unbelievable. One man works all through the winter to keep the pitch just right.

“He nurtures it – it’s like the Oval. For all that time and heart that’s gone into it to be wasted is just heartbreaking.”

Members of the team – who range in age from 15 to 70 – met at the ground on Sunday and grimly surveyed the damage.

Jacqueline said: “There are rivets four inches deep crossing the land.

“I could have cried seeing it. It’s an open area, so it wouldn’t be hard to access, but it’s in a very rural place and somebody has obviously taken the time to drive there and ruin it for everyone.”

The green is on National Trust land at the Kingston Lacy estate.

“This is a wonderful community club,” said Jacqueline.

“The members play because they love the game. There is a real sense of devastation.

“I would ask for anyone who knows the person responsible for this to come forward and speak to the police.

“I think that person should pay for the seed and give the time it takes to restore this wonderful pitch.”

Chairman Steve Maine said: “There’s a lot of work that now needs to take place because of this.

“We’ll have to hope we’re ok before our next home game against Bridport at the weekend.”

He added: “Our 70-year-old groundsman, who has played cricket since he was 14, was in tears when he saw it.

“He spends a lot of time up there. It’s devastating.”

Police are investigating the incident – to speak to officers call 101.

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6:48am Mon 5 May 14

BluebirdDorset says...

Despicable, a lovely setting and devastated for the club. Hope they catch the culprits and hang them up by their googleys.
Despicable, a lovely setting and devastated for the club. Hope they catch the culprits and hang them up by their googleys. BluebirdDorset
  • Score: 73

8:39am Mon 5 May 14

RM says...

Mindless vanndal(s) with a shoe size bigger than their I.Q.
Mindless vanndal(s) with a shoe size bigger than their I.Q. RM
  • Score: 44

8:42am Mon 5 May 14

yet_another_one says...

RM wrote:
Mindless vanndal(s) with a shoe size bigger than their I.Q.
Entirely agree & love the typo !!!
[quote][p][bold]RM[/bold] wrote: Mindless vanndal(s) with a shoe size bigger than their I.Q.[/p][/quote]Entirely agree & love the typo !!! yet_another_one
  • Score: 23

8:46am Mon 5 May 14

yet_another_one says...

BluebirdDorset wrote:
Despicable, a lovely setting and devastated for the club. Hope they catch the culprits and hang them up by their googleys.
Bring back the stocks & pelt 'em with rotten eggs.
[quote][p][bold]BluebirdDorset[/bold] wrote: Despicable, a lovely setting and devastated for the club. Hope they catch the culprits and hang them up by their googleys.[/p][/quote]Bring back the stocks & pelt 'em with rotten eggs. yet_another_one
  • Score: 34

9:25am Mon 5 May 14

MMM444 says...

Morons, hope they find them, not many areas left like that at Pamphill now for all of us to enjoy, name and shame the brainless clowns
Morons, hope they find them, not many areas left like that at Pamphill now for all of us to enjoy, name and shame the brainless clowns MMM444
  • Score: 30

9:26am Mon 5 May 14

contric says...

bring back the birch for things like this
bring back the birch for things like this contric
  • Score: 30

9:31am Mon 5 May 14

echor23 says...

There should be CCTV put up on pitches and many green areas now to catch and prosecute these vandels. They Are disgusting and evidently have nothing better to do than drive around in circles in grass! Clearly missing friends and family in their life!!!
There should be CCTV put up on pitches and many green areas now to catch and prosecute these vandels. They Are disgusting and evidently have nothing better to do than drive around in circles in grass! Clearly missing friends and family in their life!!! echor23
  • Score: 18

10:07am Mon 5 May 14

Morrigan says...

I would be more concerned that if it is open enough for a car to get in over night, what is the possibility of our summer invaders taking up residence on the pitch?

Time to get it fenced off and gated perhaps?
I would be more concerned that if it is open enough for a car to get in over night, what is the possibility of our summer invaders taking up residence on the pitch? Time to get it fenced off and gated perhaps? Morrigan
  • Score: 25

10:59am Mon 5 May 14

SympatheticSam says...

Call the police. They love donuts.
Call the police. They love donuts. SympatheticSam
  • Score: -24

11:31am Mon 5 May 14

sea poole says...

Sympathetic sam- Actually, your comment isn't at all funny or witty. I would happily pay you to visit the players and repeat to them what you've written -then I promise I'd visit you in hospital.
Sympathetic sam- Actually, your comment isn't at all funny or witty. I would happily pay you to visit the players and repeat to them what you've written -then I promise I'd visit you in hospital. sea poole
  • Score: 23

12:15pm Mon 5 May 14

Teecee1309 says...

This is such a terrible story. Why do the actions of these lowlifes have to ruin enjoyment for others. If they are ever caught, they should be hung from the nearest lamp-post and publicly flooged. Pamphill is such a lovely area, and it would be sad if it had to fenced off, have gates added, and CCTV installed but I guess this might be the only option to save our open areas.
This is such a terrible story. Why do the actions of these lowlifes have to ruin enjoyment for others. If they are ever caught, they should be hung from the nearest lamp-post and publicly flooged. Pamphill is such a lovely area, and it would be sad if it had to fenced off, have gates added, and CCTV installed but I guess this might be the only option to save our open areas. Teecee1309
  • Score: 12

12:26pm Mon 5 May 14

Duckorange says...

contric wrote:
bring back the birch for things like this
We've got the stocks, hanging them up by the bits, and now the birch.

Any advance in the Echo Bloodlust Stakes? Lopping off of hands? Death?
[quote][p][bold]contric[/bold] wrote: bring back the birch for things like this[/p][/quote]We've got the stocks, hanging them up by the bits, and now the birch. Any advance in the Echo Bloodlust Stakes? Lopping off of hands? Death? Duckorange
  • Score: -1

12:31pm Mon 5 May 14

JackJohnson says...

Catch the b******s and punish them by making them watch a cricket match.
Catch the b******s and punish them by making them watch a cricket match. JackJohnson
  • Score: 15

12:33pm Mon 5 May 14

Duckorange says...

JackJohnson wrote:
Catch the b******s and punish them by making them watch a cricket match.
I didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition
[quote][p][bold]JackJohnson[/bold] wrote: Catch the b******s and punish them by making them watch a cricket match.[/p][/quote]I didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition Duckorange
  • Score: 2

1:11pm Mon 5 May 14

hammer83 says...

Looks like a Bournemouth Council pitch now.............!
Although we were used to the motorbikes coming on during the match!!!!!
Looks like a Bournemouth Council pitch now.............! Although we were used to the motorbikes coming on during the match!!!!! hammer83
  • Score: 11

3:34pm Mon 5 May 14

SympatheticSam says...

I'm sure a local businessman will chip in with funds to help them fix this. That's what they're after by running to the OHEC after all isn't it?

I would chip in. But can't stand Cricket.
I'm sure a local businessman will chip in with funds to help them fix this. That's what they're after by running to the OHEC after all isn't it? I would chip in. But can't stand Cricket. SympatheticSam
  • Score: -16

4:17pm Mon 5 May 14

terra firma says...

Certainly not cricket. But then, Waitrose built on another piece of hallowed turf not that far away!
Certainly not cricket. But then, Waitrose built on another piece of hallowed turf not that far away! terra firma
  • Score: 5

4:58pm Mon 5 May 14

s-pb2 says...

Duckorange wrote:
contric wrote:
bring back the birch for things like this
We've got the stocks, hanging them up by the bits, and now the birch.

Any advance in the Echo Bloodlust Stakes? Lopping off of hands? Death?
Well I wouldnt shed a tear for them.
[quote][p][bold]Duckorange[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]contric[/bold] wrote: bring back the birch for things like this[/p][/quote]We've got the stocks, hanging them up by the bits, and now the birch. Any advance in the Echo Bloodlust Stakes? Lopping off of hands? Death?[/p][/quote]Well I wouldnt shed a tear for them. s-pb2
  • Score: -1

6:23pm Mon 5 May 14

kinsonjim says...

Don't put them in Kinsons pretend stocks there is enough scum in the area as it is.
Don't put them in Kinsons pretend stocks there is enough scum in the area as it is. kinsonjim
  • Score: 1

7:31pm Mon 5 May 14

kalebmoledirt says...

A snap shot of what Echo readers find amusing.the place is circling the plug hole of decency .think what your grand children will inherit
A snap shot of what Echo readers find amusing.the place is circling the plug hole of decency .think what your grand children will inherit kalebmoledirt
  • Score: -2

7:56pm Mon 5 May 14

Rich© says...

kalebmoledirt wrote:
A snap shot of what Echo readers find amusing.the place is circling the plug hole of decency .think what your grand children will inherit
perhaps some of the vandals that did this are the grand-children !!!
[quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: A snap shot of what Echo readers find amusing.the place is circling the plug hole of decency .think what your grand children will inherit[/p][/quote]perhaps some of the vandals that did this are the grand-children !!! Rich©
  • Score: 3

8:07pm Mon 5 May 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Rich© wrote:
kalebmoledirt wrote:
A snap shot of what Echo readers find amusing.the place is circling the plug hole of decency .think what your grand children will inherit
perhaps some of the vandals that did this are the grand-children !!!
Case closed,keep spinning
[quote][p][bold]Rich©[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: A snap shot of what Echo readers find amusing.the place is circling the plug hole of decency .think what your grand children will inherit[/p][/quote]perhaps some of the vandals that did this are the grand-children !!![/p][/quote]Case closed,keep spinning kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 2

8:14pm Mon 5 May 14

SympatheticSam says...

Who wants donuts?
Who wants donuts? SympatheticSam
  • Score: -3

9:59pm Mon 5 May 14

Chief-Wiggum says...

sea poole wrote:
Sympathetic sam- Actually, your comment isn't at all funny or witty. I would happily pay you to visit the players and repeat to them what you've written -then I promise I'd visit you in hospital.
lol sea poole
[quote][p][bold]sea poole[/bold] wrote: Sympathetic sam- Actually, your comment isn't at all funny or witty. I would happily pay you to visit the players and repeat to them what you've written -then I promise I'd visit you in hospital.[/p][/quote]lol sea poole Chief-Wiggum
  • Score: 0

10:01pm Mon 5 May 14

Chief-Wiggum says...

sea poole wrote:
Sympathetic sam- Actually, your comment isn't at all funny or witty. I would happily pay you to visit the players and repeat to them what you've written -then I promise I'd visit you in hospital.
scary!
[quote][p][bold]sea poole[/bold] wrote: Sympathetic sam- Actually, your comment isn't at all funny or witty. I would happily pay you to visit the players and repeat to them what you've written -then I promise I'd visit you in hospital.[/p][/quote]scary! Chief-Wiggum
  • Score: 5

10:05pm Mon 5 May 14

hooplaa says...

It is believed that the pitch, in Pamphill, near Wimborne, will be out of action for some time

“We’ll have to hope we’re ok before our next home game against Bridport at the weekend.”

Some time that is!
It is believed that the pitch, in Pamphill, near Wimborne, will be out of action for some time “We’ll have to hope we’re ok before our next home game against Bridport at the weekend.” Some time that is! hooplaa
  • Score: 3

11:23pm Mon 5 May 14

Understated says...

someone out there is probably looking at this article, proud of their perfect doughnut marks knowing they did it anonymously and wont get busted, but everyone can see their supposedly wonderful work of vandalism .

nothing like an ego boost to someone who already has an ego to compensate for something else .

i hope he doughnuts over a rusted nail and busts his tyre. mindless pr*ck
someone out there is probably looking at this article, proud of their perfect doughnut marks knowing they did it anonymously and wont get busted, but everyone can see their supposedly wonderful work of vandalism . nothing like an ego boost to someone who already has an ego to compensate for something else . i hope he doughnuts over a rusted nail and busts his tyre. mindless pr*ck Understated
  • Score: 0

7:01am Tue 6 May 14

master plan says...

It's not the first time and it won't be the last I've lost count how many times We've turned up on a Sunday morning only to find a burnt out motor on it!
It's not the first time and it won't be the last I've lost count how many times We've turned up on a Sunday morning only to find a burnt out motor on it! master plan
  • Score: 0

12:58pm Tue 6 May 14

speedy231278 says...

The person fielding at gulley now has a larger area to cover!
The person fielding at gulley now has a larger area to cover! speedy231278
  • Score: 0

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