Sights set on hoons

TWO hooning in­ci­dents in re­cent weeks in Ma­reeba have out­raged the com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially the hard-work­ing crick­eters and ad­min­is­tra­tors at Firth Park. Po­lice have vowed to catch the of­fend­ers be­fore more dam­age is done.

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MIND­LESS hoons have ripped up Firth Park, caus­ing safety con­cerns for crick­eters and leav­ing a hefty dam­age bill.

The grounds are reg­u­larly used by the Ma­reeba and Dis­trict un­der 12s side and other cricket play­ers in the dis­trict.

Ma­reeba Po­lice Sta­tion of­fi­cer-in-charge Se­nior Sergeant Derek Garner said this dam­age was not ac­cept­able and res­i­dents should con­tact Ma­reeba po­lice if they see any­one com­mit­ting an of­fence.

“There have been two in­ci­dents in the last five weeks. Who­ever is do­ing this should take a look at them­selves be­cause it is a sport­ing fa­cil­ity used by kids,” he said.

“I would hate to see a sit­u­a­tion where clubs can­not use the field.

“It does dam­age to the field, peo­ple could be in­jured and it takes a long time for the ground to re­pair it­self.”

Se­nior Sergeant Garner said po­lice were con­tin­u­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tions but if res­i­dents had any in­for­ma­tion they should con­tact Ma­reeba Po­lice or Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

Ma­reeba and Dis­trict un­der 12s coach Jimmy Bom­bardieri said the hoons had caused health and safety is­sues.

He said it was un­for­tu­nate this had been hap­pen­ing to the field which could have de­stroyed the pitch.

“You pro­vide more sport for the com­mu­nity to en­joy and a few in­di­vid­u­als try to wreck it for ev­ery­one,” he said.

“When teams come to play us at Firth Park it is not a good look to have the ground un­even and churned.”

Ma­reeba Shire Coun­cil mayor Tom Gil­more said coun­cil had re­ceived re­ports of the dam­age made to the field at Firth Park and they do not ac­cept this type of be­hav­iour.

“De­lib­er­ately caus­ing wil­ful dam­age is un­ac­cept­able. Th­ese fa­cil­i­ties are there for the com­mu­nity to en­joy, not de­stroy,” he said.

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