Newport football pitches used by children are scarred by tyre tracks

Written by on January 1, 2021

Community football pitches used by children and football teams have been scarred by tyre tracks and police are investigating.

The Shuker Field off Audley Avenue in Newport, where Nova United play, is gouged with tracks seemingly caused by small vehicles.

The club said that four of the field’s six pitches have been damaged. The team is due to begin its next season on January 10.

A statement said: “As if the current pandemic isn’t a strain on grassroots football enough, we now have this to deal with.

“It is disappointing that an individual or group of people have decided to tear up our pitches just as we are getting ready to return in the new year.”

Police in the town said that they received reports of the antisocial use of off-road motorbikes and quads earlier this week, before the damage at Shuker Field was discovered today.

The football pitch is often used by pupils at the nearby Burton Borough School.

Newport’s police Safer Neighbourhood Team appealed on social media: “Help us find those responsible before anything else is damaged or someone gets hurt.

“Info to newport.snt@westmercia.pnn.police.uk or @CrimestoppersUK – 0800 555 111.”

Information about non-emergency crime can be reported to police on 101.

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