Vandalism at Martock Rec

A number of facilities, including fencing, were damaged at Martock Recreation Ground, off Stoke Road, last week. The Leveller understands the cricket pavilion was damaged, a rugby post uprooted and broken in two as well as damage to the perimeter fencing.

The vandalism took place overnight on 5-6 August. The Police are investigating the incident and are appealing to the public in the Martock area for help and information. Meanwhile Martock Parish Council have offered a £500 reward for information leading to the conviction of the perpetrators. Parish Council Chair, Neil Bloomfield told us “Every time a piece of play equipment is damaged it costs us £4-500 to repair it. It is a good use of tax payers money to offer a reward if it brings this sort of vandalism to an end.

There have been a number of incidents of vandalism in Martock during lockdown. On one occasion play equipment was damaged. On another, vandals broke into the Market House and damaged the toilets.

Speaking for Avon & Somerset Police, PC Daniel Crawford told us: “We are working with local partners to reduce the antisocial behaviour within the recreational ground, however if you see something which you feel we need to know about please call us or report it online. Anyone who saw what happened or has information that could assist our enquiries, is asked to report it on 101 and give reference number 5220175927.”

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