Vandals cause havoc at town’s croquet club

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VANDALS caused hundreds of pounds of damage after targeting a croquet club’s facilities.

They wrenched up hoops, a central peg and fitments from an all-weather lawn, damaged a table beyond repair and smashed a notice board at the Bury St Edmunds club, based at the Victory Sports Ground, in Nowton Road.

The vandals also tore off a drain from the clubhouse washing facility before throwing it over a fence and snatched a hedgehog boot cleaner.

Three youths were seen causing the damage between 4pm to 5pm on Friday October 14, which has left the club about £400 out of pocket.

Club chairman Chris Howell said: “This was mindless vandalism. We hope that the police find the culprits and that they and their parents ensure they realise the distress they have caused and ensure there is no repetition.”

The hoops were recovered from a hedge in Sicklesmere Road but need to be repaired.

The fitments were also found but are unusable.

Members are unable to play croquet until repairs are made.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact police on the new 101 number or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111.