Club blighted by burglars now hit for six by vandals

Chairman Nick Davis, left, and David Hodgson, president and groundsman outside the club
Chairman Nick Davis, left, and David Hodgson, president and groundsman outside the club
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A historic cricket club that had battled back after a devastating string of break-ins has suffered a new “body blow” at the hands of vandals.

Kirkstall Educational Cricket Club, off Queenswood Drive, spent thousands of pounds improving security after the club house was burgled eight times during its 160th anniversary year.

But chairman Nick Davis said the future is uncertain once more after all of its windows were smashed in an overnight attack.

“It’s a huge body blow. Things have been looking up, we’d put in a lot of work but we were still recovering.

“When I heard about this I just got that sinking feeling again. We were just getting back on our feet and we’ve been knocked back down.”

The club suffered about £10,000 in losses following the spate of burglaries last year but had secured grants to improve security.

In the latest incident, bricks were used to smash six toughened-glass windows between about 9pm on September 23rd and 7.30am the following day.

It came shortly after the BBC had been to visit the club to film for a series on burglaries called Break-In Britain.

Mr Davis added: “It’s just mindless, vindictive vandalism. We’ve asked ourselves if someone’s got it in for us, but we just can’t think why anyone would do this.”

The club is holding a fundraising evening featuring after-dinner speeches by England rugby coach Stuart Lancaster and former Australian cricketer Jason Gillespie. Tickets, including a three-course dinner are £55 each or £50 each for a table of 10.

Mr Davis said: “The event should go a long way to putting the club back on its feet again.”

For tickets call Mr Davis on 07711570718.

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