Van­dals wreck £10k turf field

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY CHANTELLE HEEDS chantelle.heeds@trin­i­tymir­ @chantelle­heeds

AN AP­PEAL has been made to find the “mind­less per­son” who drove through a lo­cal turf com­pany’s field and caused about £10,000 dam­age.

The cul­prit gained ac­cess to the prop­erty be­fore do­ing “dough­nuts” and hand­brake turns on the field to ruin the turf.

The dam­age was dis­cov­ered on Fri­day morn­ing by staff at Lan­cashire Turf Sup­plies Ltd, in Smithy Lane, Scaris­brick.

The com­pany has ap­pealled for in­for­ma­tion and a spokesper­son for the firm said: “We went in to work on Fri­day morn­ing to find this, some mind­less per­son de­cided to do dough­nuts and hand­brake turns in a car on our turf field, 16 months’ work ru­ined.

“We are gut­ted, that turf is grown for lo­cal golf cour­ses. Our ap­peal has been very pos­i­tive and I think we have a lead.”

The firm sup­plies turf and other prod­ucts in­clud­ing top soil, stone, tools, lawn­mow­ers and more to busi­nesses and sports fa­cil­i­ties across the UK.

The owner of Lan­cashire Turf Sup­plies Ltd, An­drew Church, said: “This is dam­ag­ing to the busi­ness. A per­cent­age of the field is ru­ined and will have to be scrapped when it is har­vested. While we are not sure how much money will be lost ex­actly, we think it will be a loss of ap­prox­i­mately £10,000.

“The lack of re­spect peo­ple have is shock­ing.”

Lan­cashire po­lice have con­firmed that the in­ci­dent took place be­tween 7pm on Thursday, Oc­to­ber 5 and 7am on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 6.

In­quiries are still on­go­ing and peo­ple who may have seen any­thing, or who have any in­for­ma­tion are now be­ing urged to call the po­lice.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should call Lan­cashire po­lice on 101 or call Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111. The in­ci­dent num­ber is SB1704450.

Tyre marks all over the turf in the Scaris­brick field where a ‘mind­less’ driver has ru­ined 16 months of preparation work

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