Police extend hunt for football pitch vandals

Vandals have put the Moriston playing field out of action.
Vandals have put the Morriston playing field out of action.

A MINDLESS ACT of vandalism has prompted an appeal from police in Elgin who say they are closely studying CCTV images to aid their search for the culprits.

The football pitch at Morriston Playing Fields in the town were rendered unplayable after vandals drove a vehicle and performed ‘skids’ on the playing surface.

Those responsible struck at some time after 2pm on Sunday, October 30 and 9am on Wednesday, November 2.

Investigating the incident is PC Barry Corbett from the Elgin policing team. He said: “This is a mindless act of vandalism that has seen the grass at Morriston playing fields churned up and badly damaged by someone using a vehicle to perform skids and similar.

“Several community groups and clubs that rely on using the playing fields cannot play on the pitch in its current state and will have to look elsewhere to play their games until the damage is sorted.

“We will be checking CCTV in the area in an effort to catch the culprits. However, I know a number of dog walkers and locals use the area on a regular basis and I would appeal to anyone who has information about this vandalism to contact us to assist us with our enquiries. ”

Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on ‘101‘ or, if they wish to remain anonymous, by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.