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Harold Hill cricket green vandalised with ‘black liquid’

PUBLISHED: 16:51 30 August 2016 | UPDATED: 17:02 30 August 2016

Ardleigh Green CC on Saturday morning

Ardleigh Green CC on Saturday morning

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A cricket ground appears to have been vandalised after club members found the pitch covered in a black substance.

The club has had similar instances of vandalism earlier this yearThe club has had similar instances of vandalism earlier this year

Members from Ardleigh Green Cricket Club, in Petersfield Avenue, Harold Hill, turned up on Saturday morning to prepare for the weekend’s games when they noticed a thick black paint like liquid had been poured all over the grass.

“Someone threw some black liquid onto the ground,” said Martin Casan, the club secretary. “Luckily it didn’t affect the games on the weekend.

“It was looking like an all day job but we managed to cover it up with saw dust.”

The police have been made aware of the matter although Martin is unsure who is behind the vandalism as they haven’t had any issues with nearby neighbours.

Ardleigh Green Cricket Club's pitchArdleigh Green Cricket Club's pitch

“Whether it’s kids mucking about or something more serious we are not sure,” said Martin.

However the club’s first team vice-captain, Paul Hurworth, from Harold Hill, said they have had a few other instances of vandalism so far this year.

“We left the club on Friday at about 10. We came back Saturday and someone’s gone and done that all over the pitch,” said Paul. “There has been a few things this year like people leaving their cars overnight and they have been egged or keyed.

“It’s not like we have had an argument with anyone. To come over and see that is disappointing, especially when the park has just been awarded green plaque status.

“It is obviously someone who doesn’t like us or doesn’t like that cricket is being played here.”

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