Blow whistle on pitch vandals

1011038 SSFF windmill damage 'damage to the football pitch at Windmill Park, Kirkcaldy by people driving vehicles over the grass
1011038 SSFF windmill damage 'damage to the football pitch at Windmill Park, Kirkcaldy by people driving vehicles over the grass
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A MOTORCYCLIST who callously ripped up a Kirkcaldy football pitch has been branded mindless by Kirkcaldy residents.

People who live near the Windmill football pitches discovered the damage to one of the fields on Tuesday, after what appears to have been a motorbike drove over it the previous night.

The pitch, which was due to be played on this Saturday, is so badly damaged that footballers have had to turn the goals around in order to get a decent area to play on.

Mark Murray, a committee member of Dysart AFC, who use the Windmill pitches on a regular basis, told the Press the vandal’s actions almost cost players a game - and will mean they will once again have to attempt to repair it due to the actions of vandals.

Mark said: “I just don’t understand how anybody can do that - why would they?

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“The person has just gone in and completely ripped it up - in the past we have spent a lot of time doing things to improve the pitch and repairing it ourselves, moving the goals to allow grass to grow, but this has just set us right back again.”

Community Sergeant Jim Geddes said police in Kirkcaldy had been to the area, where they inspected the pitch and carried out door-to-door enquiries about the incident.

Sergeant Geddes said: “We are currently investigating this incident and I would encourage any person with information as to the identity of the person who was riding across the pitch to contact us.

“Such anti-social behaviour has been highlighted at local community engagement meetings as unacceptable and we are committed to monitoring this issue at a local level.”

Police have urged local residents to go along to the community engagement meetings to discuss any problems, the next of which is in Veronica Hall on Monday, March 14 at 7 p.m.

Council bosses said the parks and countryside team has already been out to inspect the pitch.

A spokesman said: “We have inspected it and are hoping to repair the damage as soon as possible. We are currently estimating how much the repairs will cost.”