Vandals trash football pitches used by Ipswich Valley Rangers’ youth teams

Tyre tracks over the football pitch at St Clements Hospital in Ipswich after vandals drove over it

Tyre tracks over the football pitch at St Clements Hospital in Ipswich after vandals drove over it

A football pitch used by youngsters has been left “absolutely trashed” after vandals spun their car over the grass.

Tyre tracks over the football pitch at St Clements Hospital in Ipswich after vandals drove over it

Tyre tracks over the football pitch at St Clements Hospital in Ipswich after vandals drove over it

The ground at St Clement’s Hospital on Foxhall Road, Ipswich is used by Ipswich Valley Rangers’ under eight and under nine teams.

The pitch was specially built and funded for the youth teams last summer by members of Ipswich Hospital Bowls Club, who also use the ground.

The children use the pitch alongside another small one at St Clement’s.

Andy Howes, fixtures secretary, said the pitch looked “immaculate”, but now someone has done donuts in their car over the grass leaving it “unplayable”.

He said: “It’s just sad that people have put a lot of voluntary hours in to do it up, spent a lot of money on materials for the pitch, put a lot of hard work in and for someone to just trash it in minutes is pretty sad all round.”

Mr Howes said they now faced a bill of around £400 to get the pitch back to a playable condition.

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“I just think it’s just a person who doesn’t care, they knew what they were doing and they knew what sort of damage they were causing and what impact it would have, but we’ve just got to hope this is a one off,” he added. Anyone with information should call police on 101.

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