Cricket club hoping vandalism was a one-off

Waringstown Cricket Club's Roy Harrison Pavilion.
Waringstown Cricket Club's Roy Harrison Pavilion.

The vice-chairman of Waringstown Cricket Club has said he hopes a recent vandalism incident at the club’s home ground was “a one-off”.

The pavilion at The Lawn, which was renamed in 2009 in honour of club stalwart Roy Harrison, was targeted by vandals sometime over the weekend of February 17 - 19.

“The club clock on the pavilion had the hands pulled off it so it’s away for repair at the minute,” vice-chairman Alan Harrison explained

“The pavilion was dedicated to Roy Harrison (former club chairman) in 2009 and they ripped two of the letters - the I and the S - of his name off the pavilion.

“It’s not going to cost an awful lot as we can fix the letters and put them back up ourselves, but we’ll have to pay to get the clock repaired. It’ll cost the club maybe about £200, but it’s more the inconvenience than anything else,” he said.

Mr Harrison said it was disappointing that vandals would target the club’s pavilion.

“We haven’t really ever had any vandalism at The Lawn - not that any of us can remember - so hopefully this was a one-off and not the start of something,” he added.

Police officers investigating the incident stressed that Waringstown is “a community club that does not deserve or need that sort of damage and disrespect”.

They have appealed for witnesses to contact them on 101 quoting incident number 523 of 20/02/17.