Vandals spray paint over tennis court at centre

L-R Sam Marston, William Jones and Poppy Marston at the tennis club
L-R Sam Marston, William Jones and Poppy Marston at the tennis club

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A MULTI-use game facility has been vandalised and left ruined by paint.

Vandals attacked the tennis and netball court at Knowle Community Hall spraying the surface with metallic, silver paint.

The damage means the lines on the court can no longer be made out clearly and has affected the children’s tennis sessions and the ladies netball team that use the court.

But Sam Marston, from the centre, said the paint isn’t the only issue from vandals.

She said: ‘Recently, we have been getting a load of problems with the multi-use games facility.

‘People have been smashing bottles on it and leaving their litter all over the place.

‘They use it as a toilet as well because they can’t be bothered to use a proper toilet.

‘But when we discovered that someone had sprayed metallic paint all over the court, it was devastating.

‘The space has the lines for both a tennis court and netball court which is used by a lot of people.

‘But with the paint all over the surface, you cannot see the lines.

‘They are covered by silver marks and squiggles.’

The groundsmen have looked at the paint but they don’t think it can be removed.

They said the community hall will have to wait till it wears down.

The same night the vandals sprayed paint on the court, they also left glass from smashed bottles.

This then had to be swept up by Ms Marston before the toddlers tennis session could take place.

She added: ‘It is such a shame that a small minority of people want to ruin something nice for others.

‘The smashed glass is so dangerous – especially as we have little kids who use the court on a Saturday morning.

‘I swept the glass and washed the surface down but we kept finding little bits.’

To deter the thieves, the community hall invested in padlocks.

But these were sawn off with a hacksaw.

‘The facility is really nice and is open for anyone to use,’ said Ms Marston.

‘We don’t charge people at all to use it so I don’t understand why someone would want to ruin a good games facility. We thought the padlocks might stop them but they didn’t.

‘I don’t know what we are going to do now.’