"Mindless vandals" destroy five commemorative benches at Camborne Cricket Club
FIVE commemorative benches put in place to remember past Camborne Cricket Club members have been destroyed in an act of “mindless vandalism”.
The benches were set atop a mound so spectators could watch the action at Camborne Crick Club.
Known locally as Sunny Corner, the spot has been popular with spectators since the benches were erected in the mid 1930s.
But members of Camborne Cricket Club say they were “deeply distressed” after finding the benches were pushed from the mound and are now totally unusable.
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Secretary of the club, Clive Kenyon, said: “The benches have been in place there for around 80 years. They have been broken beyond repair.
“The wooden struts were broken as were the concrete blocks they were mounted on. Then the wood was thrown on to the pitch.
“Sunny Corner has a popular spot to watch the cricket because it overlooks the play.
“It’s going to cost around £1,000 to replace them, it’s a key part of the ground and an act of mindless vandalism.
“The benches were put in to remember old members and family.”
Mr Kenyon said the cricket pitch and pvailion, off North Roskear Road in the town, has been plagued with vandalism.
“Before this the commemorative clock on the pavilion had its face and hands pulled off. It’s a lot of money for a small club to keep forking out for repairs.”