The Bank Holiday weekend was ruined for the team behind a Lancaster community rugby club after vandals tore up the pitch using it as a dirt track.
The Vale of Lune RUFC was targeted on Sunday evening (May 2) when an unknown car drove into the club grounds near Powder House Lane, near Torrisholme.
Footage of the selfish act was captured on CCTV around 10:45 p.m. with the car seen drifting over the perfect terrain for minutes, nearly losing control on several occasions.
The car slowly rolls down the side of the field before taking wilder turns, tearing the popular playground apart.
The land itself is maintained by a team of volunteers throughout the year.
A spokesperson for the rugby club condemned the action of those in the car, calling it “insane”.
“We at Val de Lune would like to share with you an insane act that took place last night in our community rugby club,” a spokesperson said on the Bank Holiday Monday.
“Our team of ground volunteers work tirelessly throughout the year to take care of what is a great facility used by many.
“It was severely damaged in a matter of minutes.
“Our apologies for the fact that the images are not great, which we look to improve as soon as we get back fully operational.
“If you have any information on who this might be, please contact us, or the Lancaster / Morecambe Police.”
The images were widely condemned by the local public.
John Wrigley said: “In my day it was one, if not the best, playing surfaces in the country, no matter what county. Foolish morons. Sadly you have to lock the doors and barricade everything these days – this.”
Alan Bolton posted: “The gardener puts his heart and soul into the field and it never looked so good, poor guy.”
Neville Leak added, “How sad are these individuals, what pleasure do they get from this stupid act. It’s time for our justice system to start inflicting serious penalties, not a little community service and a slap in the face.”
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