FEB 2018

Dozens rush to offer help after vandals strike at sports ground

GOOD neighbours are rallying round to support a community sports centre after an act of vandalism turned several of its pitches into a “mud bath”.

A vehicle was driven on to three sports fields at Pomphrey Hill in Mangotsfield in the early hours of January 13,  leaving muddy tyre tracks across seven football pitches. As a result, some may not be able to be used by Bromley Heath Football Club and Mangotsfield United for the rest of the season, leaving the hundreds of youngsters who play matches there every week potentially disappointed.

The vandalism is devastating for the volunteers who run the facilities and who give up time to coach the teams that play there - but the public support has cheered them.

As Downend Voice went to print, a crowdfunding appeal had collected nearly £3,000 in just over a week and many local organisations, businesses and individuals had offered practical help.

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