Youths on motorbikes tear up pitches at The Marsh

Youths on motorbikes tear up pitches at The Marsh

Published by Maria Greenwood at 12:00pm 8th January 2020.

Youths on motorbikes have torn up pitches at The Marsh playing fields in Weymouth.

It happened on Monday night ( 6th January) when three pitches were targeted.

Residents say they saw a group of youths there at around 8.30pm, with several bikes.

Weymouth Cougars Youth Football Club will have to pick up the bill.

They have taken over the maintenance of the playing fields after funding was withdrawn by the council, but they're a non-profit organisation that rely on donations and local support.

Motorbike tyre tracks at The Marsh

CCTV is being checked to see if they can find out who is responsible.

Weymouth Cougars Club Welfare Officer Natalie Anderson said:

"We feel let down and frustrated.

"We are trying to do this for the good of everyone in the local area.

"It's a massive shame.

"It's not just the Cougars who use the pitches, there are pub teams, local clubs that train there during the summer, exercise clubs, and the general public who want to use the area for a picnic."

Natalie says they also have a problem with dog walkers not clearing up after their pets on pitches used by children.

She said:

"The amount of dog mess our managers and volunteers had to clear up after Sunday's game was nothing but disgusting."

"Please keep you dog on a lead, clear up after it and keep it off the pitches.

"And to the youths and the anti-social behaviour don't do these mindless acts that cause so much disruption to so many other children and families who want to use the Marsh area as well."