Vandals wreck Darcy Lever Cricket Club

Karen Waring, secretary of Darcy Lever Cricket Club with PCSOs Maurice Pennington and PCSO Claire Lindop by the damaged sight screens

The churned up turf at Darcy Lever Cricket Club

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , crime reporter

YOBS went on the rampage vandalising a cricket club causing hundreds of pounds of damage.

Members of Darcy Lever Cricket Club’s committee now faces a race against time to repair the damage before the first team plays a friendly next week and before an inspection prior to the new season.

The damage at the club in Hacken Lane included broken sight screens, drain spouts pulled from a building, with one thrown on to the club house roof and turf churned up.

Daffodils were also pulled up, a security light damaged and part of the wickets dug out by vandals’ heels.

Breeze blocks had been thrown around the ground and plastic bins smashed.

Groundsman Ralf Heyes made the discovery on Wednesday morning.

He said: “We are a self-funding club, we are a charity organisation and we still have bills to pay.

“We will have to pay to repair the damage on top of paying gas and electric bills, but we will hopefully be ready for the new season.

“Damage to the club is always a kick in the teeth. This is the world today.”

The damage is believed to have been caused between 10.30am on Tuesday and 10.45am on Wednesday.

The vandalism follows criminals sawing down a 10ft Christmas tree at the club, leaving only a stump at the start of December 2012.

Karen Waring, the club’s secretary, said: “The club is struggling financially and the summer keeps us going. This has set us back. A lot of people work voluntarily and people think they can just damage property.

“Why would people want to ruin things? We will possibly raise money to repair the gutters and the wickets.

“The first team will be playing a friendly next week. I am not sure it will be able to go ahead with that yet.”

She added that improvements will be made to the club’s security.

PCSOs Maurice Pennington and Claire Lindop have been making enquiries in the area as part of police investigations.

Insp Chris Evans, from Bolton South Neighbourhood Police Station, said: “This is horrible, completely wanton damage. There’s no need for it. There’s no reason for it. I am really keen to know who has done it.”

He urged people with information to call police. Call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

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6:47am Sat 5 Apr 14

breightmet kid says...

Darcy Lever CC is in an isolated area and its boundaries are wide open. As is states in the report the club are a charity organisation run by volunteers. Darcy Lever along with Breightmet is a huge area lacking most social facilities afforded to other areas of the town and it would be a wonderful gesture by the people of the area if they all got together to help this club which provides so much cricket and rounders for so many boys and girls, men and women. I do ho;e that a full recovery can be made quickly.
Darcy Lever CC is in an isolated area and its boundaries are wide open. As is states in the report the club are a charity organisation run by volunteers. Darcy Lever along with Breightmet is a huge area lacking most social facilities afforded to other areas of the town and it would be a wonderful gesture by the people of the area if they all got together to help this club which provides so much cricket and rounders for so many boys and girls, men and women. I do ho;e that a full recovery can be made quickly. breightmet kid
  • Score: 45

8:17am Sat 5 Apr 14

Wolfie190 says...

You cant have anything these days say you get caught burning your school down and causing £10 million pounds damage how do they get punished ? they dont its a free for all out there and everybody knows it.
You cant have anything these days say you get caught burning your school down and causing £10 million pounds damage how do they get punished ? they dont its a free for all out there and everybody knows it. Wolfie190
  • Score: 33

11:07am Sat 5 Apr 14

lv8151 says...

" lacking most social facilities afforded to other areas of the town " ..... just wondering what social facilities they lack compared to johnson fold, oldhams estate, tonge moor, deane, great lever
" lacking most social facilities afforded to other areas of the town " ..... just wondering what social facilities they lack compared to johnson fold, oldhams estate, tonge moor, deane, great lever lv8151
  • Score: 2

1:52pm Sat 5 Apr 14

steveG says...

lv8151 wrote:
" lacking most social facilities afforded to other areas of the town " ..... just wondering what social facilities they lack compared to johnson fold, oldhams estate, tonge moor, deane, great lever
Cannabis farm?.
[quote][p][bold]lv8151[/bold] wrote: " lacking most social facilities afforded to other areas of the town " ..... just wondering what social facilities they lack compared to johnson fold, oldhams estate, tonge moor, deane, great lever[/p][/quote]Cannabis farm?. steveG
  • Score: 7

2:11pm Sat 5 Apr 14

The Righteous One says...

I wonder if the cash-rich cricket club (with plenty of money coming in from the Lottery fund and other trusts and charities because it is operated for the minority community of Bolton) operated directly opposite Darcy Lever CC will help out or will they just ignore the club as usual???

So much for the community spirit with that "minority" cricket club!!!
I wonder if the cash-rich cricket club (with plenty of money coming in from the Lottery fund and other trusts and charities because it is operated for the minority community of Bolton) operated directly opposite Darcy Lever CC will help out or will they just ignore the club as usual??? So much for the community spirit with that "minority" cricket club!!! The Righteous One
  • Score: 12

2:48pm Sat 5 Apr 14

boltonnut says...

I hope they catch these sub - humans and they get a good battering.
I hope they catch these sub - humans and they get a good battering. boltonnut
  • Score: 8

5:11pm Sat 5 Apr 14

biglad44 says...

The trouble is that these kids see there parents acting like cr@p and all through school there was no punishment. out of school they get away with breaking the law no punishment. as a young adult breaking the law no punishment. So why should they respect the law when it's a joke. Society is set with a generation these kids and it will only get worse as they have kids and pass there morals onto them.
The trouble is that these kids see there parents acting like cr@p and all through school there was no punishment. out of school they get away with breaking the law no punishment. as a young adult breaking the law no punishment. So why should they respect the law when it's a joke. Society is set with a generation these kids and it will only get worse as they have kids and pass there morals onto them. biglad44
  • Score: 13

6:23pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Greasy Chip Butty says...

The Righteous One wrote:
I wonder if the cash-rich cricket club (with plenty of money coming in from the Lottery fund and other trusts and charities because it is operated for the minority community of Bolton) operated directly opposite Darcy Lever CC will help out or will they just ignore the club as usual???

So much for the community spirit with that "minority" cricket club!!!
Darcy Lever are only a handful of Bolton based clubs playing in the Bolton & District Cricket Association. What is farcical is that most of them are not even from the Town. May be club officials from DLCC ought to vote more Bolton based clubs into their league such as the one you mention Mr The Righteous One.
These cricket leagues are living in the dark ages and you will soon see their demise.
[quote][p][bold]The Righteous One[/bold] wrote: I wonder if the cash-rich cricket club (with plenty of money coming in from the Lottery fund and other trusts and charities because it is operated for the minority community of Bolton) operated directly opposite Darcy Lever CC will help out or will they just ignore the club as usual??? So much for the community spirit with that "minority" cricket club!!![/p][/quote]Darcy Lever are only a handful of Bolton based clubs playing in the Bolton & District Cricket Association. What is farcical is that most of them are not even from the Town. May be club officials from DLCC ought to vote more Bolton based clubs into their league such as the one you mention Mr The Righteous One. These cricket leagues are living in the dark ages and you will soon see their demise. Greasy Chip Butty
  • Score: 0

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