Vandals trash Knottingley junior football pitches

Football pitches at Kellingley Club, Knottingley, have been ruined after riders have started taken thier quad bikes onto the fields.'Pictured: PCSO Richard Shaw showing part of the damaged pitch.'p305b438
Football pitches at Kellingley Club, Knottingley, have been ruined after riders have started taken thier quad bikes onto the fields.'Pictured: PCSO Richard Shaw showing part of the damaged pitch.'p305b438

Youngsters in Knottingley have been left with nowhere to play football after vandals trashed pitches by riding a quad bike across them.

Officers from Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourhood policing team (NPT) say a yellow quad bike has been seen riding over pitches at Kellingley Welfare Football Club, leaving the land so badly damaged it is unplayable.

The site, behind Kellingley Miners’ Welfare Club on Marine Villa Road, is used by the club’s junior teams.

Insp Geoff Carter, of the NPT, said: “The anti-social use of motorbikes and quads is a blight on the local community. In this case the football pitches have been ruined.

“What is a fantastic diversionary activity for youngsters in Knottingley has now been affected due to a sheer lack of consideration.

“This will have a massive effect on a lot of families in the town and people just don’t seem to think about that.

“Not only that, it is also extremely dangerous. We’ve had serious injuries and even deaths caused by people illegally riding motorbikes and quad bikes.”

The quad bike, which is yellow with white mudguards, has been seen riding around the site over the last couple of weeks.

Insp Carter said the NPT hoped to launch a campaign about the dangers of using quad bikes and motorbikes next year.

He added: “We want to educate people about the risks and hopefully the message will hit home .

“Ultimately we just don’t want people to do it. This is an example of the inconvenience it can cause.”

Anyone who has seen a quad bike matching the description or who has any information is urged to contact the NPT on 101.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.