Police hunt launched after sports venues vandalised

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Police are appealing for information after two popular sporting venues in Moray were vandalised over the weekend.

McLeod Park football pitch, Portknockie, and Cullen Golf Club were damaged after a vehicle was driven over their grounds.

The incidents at McLeod Park happened some time overnight on Saturday. At Cullen Golf Club damage was done to the first hole green some time on Sunday night.

David Williams, head greenkeeper at Cullen Golf Club, said: "I've been doing this job for about 15 years, and I've never seen anything like it.

"It has been heart-breaking as some members had said before this that it was the best they had seen the ground for years, and for one idiot to come along and ruin it is devastating. I think it will cost about £1,500 to £2,000 to repair the damage, but it won't be back to top condition until after the winter."

In both cases the damage resulted in substantial tyre marks left on the grounds, which the police hope will allow them to identify the vehicle.

Police added that those responsible appeared to have done a number of circuits of the playing areas and carried out various wheel spins.

Constable Jenna Smith said: "These senseless acts of vandalism cause unnecessary expense to the sports clubs. I would urge anyone who has knowledge of these crimes to come forward."

Anyone with information about these incidents should contact police on 0845 600 5700 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Source:-The Press & Journal

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