Kent

Ashford Town Cricket Club wrecked by vandals

Damage to fittings at Ashford Town clubhouse
Image caption Officials put the damage at more than £10,000

A cricket club in Kent which was hit by flood damage during the winter has been targeted by vandals.

Officials at Ashford Town Cricket Club say it will cost at least £10,000 to repair damage to their clubhouse.

Pipework was stolen and fittings - including the boiler - ripped out in the raid at the Kingsnorth premises.

They fear the latest blow - which comes as the club liaises with insurers over winter flood damage - may deter new players and even threaten its future.

'Absolutely devastated'

Cricket manager Ben Ealham said: "We estimate to put things right is going to cost £10,000, possibly in excess of that.

"Our concern is it might put people off coming to the club, knowing that the facilities aren't as good as they should be."

The club has been in touch with police and their insurers, and has appealed for help from supporters to help clear up in time for this weekend's fixtures.

Club secretary Ian Fox said: "We were just about getting ourselves back on to a really good footing, and then this has happened. We are absolutely devastated."

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