A mobile phone photo of the vandals damaging the cricket club covers last night

A mobile phone photo of the vandals damaging the cricket club covers last night

Police are investigating a serious act of vandalism perpetrated by a large gang of youths at Penarth Cricket Club’s pitch at the Athletic Ground last night.

As night fell last night a  gang of about 14 youths  descended on the Athletic Group and began jumping on three brand-new  taut weatherproof covers protecting the wicket

Vandals photographed in the act of perpetrating £8,000 of damage at Penarth Cricket Club last night

Vandals photographed in the act of wheeling the covers around the pitch and perpetrating £8,000 of damage at Penarth Cricket Club last night

One of the members of Penarth Cricket Club spotted the gang in the act of damaging the equipment and alerted fellow members who arrived within minutes. Police were also called to the scene

One of the three covers damaged at the cricket club last night. The weatherproof covering has been torn from the framework.

One of the three covers damaged at the cricket club last night. The weatherproof covering has been torn from the framework.

The covers – which comprise large metal frames over which a taut waterproof cover is stretched  –  protect the playing surface from the weather.

The three brand new units at Penarth Cricket club were only delivered six weeks ago –  comprised three separate units which together are used to cover one wicket. They cost over £8,000.

The club says it believes it’s insured against the loss but the mindless vandalism is a major setback for the club  .

About NewsNet

Penarth Daily News email address . Penarth Daily News is an independent free on-line fair and balanced news service published by NewsNet Ltd covering the town of Penarth in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, UK. All our news items are based on the information we receive or discover at the time of publication and are published on the basis that they are accurate to the best of our knowledge and belief at that time. Comments posted on the site by commentators reflect their opinions and are not necessarily shared, endorsed or supported by Penarth Daily News.
This entry was posted in Penarth Daily News. Bookmark the permalink.


  1. Mindless idiots. Forget about claiming on Club insurance. Instead make the vandals pay for the damage/replacements either in cash or by making them provide free labour for the rest of this season. May help to teach some respect for other people’s property.

  2. R. Glover says:

    Parents and schools need to step in here! Exam leave/holidays are always a tricky time for children if let unguided- both parents and schools have a job to do to ensure their children behave correctly. This is boredom in action. Parents and schools should have educated their charges about antisocial behaviour and parents should know where their children are in the evening (and what they are doing). I hope those involved can be named (and shamed) and damages sought. Maybe those involved (and I’m thinking the parents too) should be encouraged to participate in some community service to put things right! It’s a shame, as our recreational areas should be being used by our children, but it’s no wonder that the majority are labelled as ‘trouble’ by the few mindless minority.

  3. GSM says:

    The Athletic Field was full of kids last night – probably about 50 – split into 4 or 5 groups. The police were at the rugby club early evening and as they were leaving I asked them if they could have a word with the kids to ask them not to leave their rubbish there. Every morning the field is littered with plastic drinks bottles/cans/vodka bottles/sweet wrappers etc etc. I explained that on a few occasions I’d picked up a lot of the litter and even taken a dust pan and brush over to sweep up broken glass to prevent injuries to small children. The policeman’s response was underwhelming to say the least. ‘It wasn’t really their job to do something like that as it was very difficult to prove who’s rubbish it was’. He also advised against members of the public saying anything to the kids for fear of being on the receiving end of a tirade of abuse. Had that policeman and his colleague taken but a few moments of their time to walk around the field, make their presence known and had a few words about leaving the place clean and tidy etc, damage to the cricket covers might have been averted.

  4. Paul says:

    Disgusting. Perhaps it’s time for the PCC to pull his finger out and reopen the local police station and for the child ambassadors to step up as they represent these criminals. This is exactly the reason why knowing about your rights as a child has no value unless the responsibilities of that child are also made clear. I wonder whether these were the same children who were outside the entrance to the rugby club yesterday evening about 9pm?

  5. Ivor Bagman says:

    Watch out boys
    The vigilante man
    Is watching !
    so there will be no
    No need for coppers – small change.
    My real name is Alan .
    Call around again.
    Remember me .

  6. Ivor Bagman says:

    Having looked at photos
    I see at least 3 girls .

  7. Peter Church says:

    I bet they had been drinking and could not care about the consequences of their actions. If they want a drink then at least go to the Railway Pub and drink sensibly!

    • Railway Regular. says:

      Go To the Railway Pub.NO THANKYOU, Us Regulars Don’t want this type of Person Thankyou. But I do where I would like to put them, on FLATHOLM. Oh yes it has got a PUB.

  8. CelticMan says:

    Ashamed to hear of the attitude of the police but believe that they are confined by their masters as to what they can do. It’s the parents I blame who have no idea where their kids are at this time of night and think the sun shines out of their ………..

  9. Frank Evans says:

    I suspect these kids are high on drugs when they do these thing. Crank cochineal or some cut up diaphragm. Funny my android phone doesn’t have any drugs in its diconary 😀
    Hermon. Merthyr biomaterial. Paracetamol (haha had that one)

  10. jimmy says:

    I don’t know what the solution is, but the number of kids walking up and down dinas road (probably to/from the rugby club) has gone through the roof. Whilst walking, sometimes in large numbers isn’t an issue, screaming at the top of their voices whilst filming it and calling each other from across the street after 9pm is bad form. Almost as bad as the cars with clip on exhausts to make them far louder than necessary that also fly up and down the same road after hours. But what’s the solution?

  11. AK says:

    Great photos, I hope to see them in today’s local rag, and maybe some responsible parents may recognise them.

  12. AK says:

    Absolutely disgusting behaviour I saw on the Rec earlier this week too.

    I saw a man and a woman having an almighty argument in front of loads of kids, suddenly the woman smacked the guy in the head and it all kicked off.

    There was a massive brawl and someone called the police.

    This poor PCSO turned up on his own and took his baton to the man, the guy managed to snatch it off him and began assaulting the copper AND his wife!

    Then out of nowhere a crocodile crept up and stole all the sausages 😉

    • Frank Evans says:

      Is this penarth or have been transported to Barry by mistake. If there was an option of veggie sausages then it has to be penarth. Seriously name and shame the parents on social media.

  13. Concerned Penarthian.. says:

    To the parents IF you have viewed PDN and you are aware of your LITTLE DARLINGS being involved I HOPE you are PROUD of your SAD SIBLING The Word UPBRINGING /.REFLECTION spring to mind

  14. Parcel says:

    Their culture is brought up “believing” they are accountable to no one, they have rites an can do what they want, when they want, cos of their rites. The police cant touch em, no one can tell em off.
    No one s gonna stop them, its their rite, yeh rite………………….

  15. Alan Thompson says:

    Surely a situation for the Police Commissioner to deal with?

Comments are closed.