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Hooligan bikers ruining pitches in Blackburn

Lancashire Telegraph: Committee member John Buck and secretary/treasurer Geoff Wales survey the damage Committee member John Buck and secretary/treasurer Geoff Wales survey the damage

AMATEUR football teams are asking for help to catch vandals who are destroying the pitch where they play.

The ground, in Fishmoor Drive, off Roman Road, Blackburn, is used by Clifton FC, Ivy FC, and several other junior and Saturday teams.

It is owned by the council, but maintained by the teams who use it, and they are regularly contending with damage caused by youths riding motorbikes across the grass.

Geoff Wales, who is involved in managing the pitch, said: “We keep getting problems with motorbikes. They normally go round the sides, which is bad enough.

“But one lad has gone on the pitch, doing wheelies and all sorts, and really cut up the pitch and made a mess of it. We’re fighting all the time against this sort of thing. These hooligans are ruining it for us. Catching them is the main problem.”

Police said they have been cracking down on the problem, but they need to catch the vandals in the act, so Geoff has asked people who see bikers on the pitch to call police immediately.

PCSO Tom Archer said: “The policing team who cover Highercroft have had issues in the past with motorcycles, mini motos and other off road motors. The police will take positive action against any-body caught riding a motorcycle in an anti-social and unsafe manner.

“However, unless police witness the motorcycles being ridden in an unsafe and anti-social manner, it is very difficult to trace the rider responsible.

“We encourage residents to report any motorcycle nuisance, with a detailed description of the motor-cycle being used, and a full description of the person riding. We also encourage the public to not approach these motorcycles and to call police on 101.

“Last summer two motor-cycles were seized by police and a number of warnings were issued within the Fishmoor Drive area.”

Coun Damian Talbot, executive member for leisure, culture and young people, said: “It is a disgrace that reckless and irresponsible motorcyclists can damage a football pitch that brings joy to so many. We will do all we can to support the teams after this irresponsible attack.”

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5:16pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Copperhead says...

Football is BORING and I think using football pitches for mx practice is a SUPERB idea.
I hope they take it further - get rid of the Premier League and use all the stadiums as motorcycle trials arenas or supercross courses.
What a wonderful thought - getting rid of football ( with which the people of the UK have an unhealthy obsession ) and replace it with something INTERESTING.
And here's a question for you sport's fans :
In which sport has a British person won SEVEN CONSECUTIVE World Championships ?
a Football
b Cricket
c Golf
d Tennis
e Motorcycle Trials
Football is BORING and I think using football pitches for mx practice is a SUPERB idea. I hope they take it further - get rid of the Premier League and use all the stadiums as motorcycle trials arenas or supercross courses. What a wonderful thought - getting rid of football ( with which the people of the UK have an unhealthy obsession ) and replace it with something INTERESTING. And here's a question for you sport's fans : In which sport has a British person won SEVEN CONSECUTIVE World Championships ? a Football b Cricket c Golf d Tennis e Motorcycle Trials Copperhead
  • Score: -3

5:30pm Tue 28 Jan 14

phil kernot says...

Copperhead wrote:
Football is BORING and I think using football pitches for mx practice is a SUPERB idea.
I hope they take it further - get rid of the Premier League and use all the stadiums as motorcycle trials arenas or supercross courses.
What a wonderful thought - getting rid of football ( with which the people of the UK have an unhealthy obsession ) and replace it with something INTERESTING.
And here's a question for you sport's fans :
In which sport has a British person won SEVEN CONSECUTIVE World Championships ?
a Football
b Cricket
c Golf
d Tennis
e Motorcycle Trials
A
[quote][p][bold]Copperhead[/bold] wrote: Football is BORING and I think using football pitches for mx practice is a SUPERB idea. I hope they take it further - get rid of the Premier League and use all the stadiums as motorcycle trials arenas or supercross courses. What a wonderful thought - getting rid of football ( with which the people of the UK have an unhealthy obsession ) and replace it with something INTERESTING. And here's a question for you sport's fans : In which sport has a British person won SEVEN CONSECUTIVE World Championships ? a Football b Cricket c Golf d Tennis e Motorcycle Trials[/p][/quote]A phil kernot
  • Score: -2

6:08pm Tue 28 Jan 14

denidenideni says...

Mmmm let me think, thats right, the police, call them, what do they tell you,
keep a log of the times the bikes are being ridden, take photos, and when you have that tell us?

Bikes have been riding on this football pitch for years, summer is worse, around 4 30 pm to around 9 pm, almost non stop.
What have the police done, apparently nothing?

Why not have the council put up security fencing, that should cost enough to get everyone complaining.

Nothing will be done about this, sorry you guys, you are stuck with this problem.
Mmmm let me think, thats right, the police, call them, what do they tell you, keep a log of the times the bikes are being ridden, take photos, and when you have that tell us? Bikes have been riding on this football pitch for years, summer is worse, around 4 30 pm to around 9 pm, almost non stop. What have the police done, apparently nothing? Why not have the council put up security fencing, that should cost enough to get everyone complaining. Nothing will be done about this, sorry you guys, you are stuck with this problem. denidenideni
  • Score: 7

6:17pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Darren1951 says...

Copperhead wrote:
Football is BORING and I think using football pitches for mx practice is a SUPERB idea. I hope they take it further - get rid of the Premier League and use all the stadiums as motorcycle trials arenas or supercross courses. What a wonderful thought - getting rid of football ( with which the people of the UK have an unhealthy obsession ) and replace it with something INTERESTING. And here's a question for you sport's fans : In which sport has a British person won SEVEN CONSECUTIVE World Championships ? a Football b Cricket c Golf d Tennis e Motorcycle Trials
And so are you, you misanthropic (look it up) ,oron.
[quote][p][bold]Copperhead[/bold] wrote: Football is BORING and I think using football pitches for mx practice is a SUPERB idea. I hope they take it further - get rid of the Premier League and use all the stadiums as motorcycle trials arenas or supercross courses. What a wonderful thought - getting rid of football ( with which the people of the UK have an unhealthy obsession ) and replace it with something INTERESTING. And here's a question for you sport's fans : In which sport has a British person won SEVEN CONSECUTIVE World Championships ? a Football b Cricket c Golf d Tennis e Motorcycle Trials[/p][/quote]And so are you, you misanthropic (look it up) ,oron. Darren1951
  • Score: 2

6:59pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Forever Blue says...

Not sure you could call it a football pitch anyway !
Not sure you could call it a football pitch anyway ! Forever Blue
  • Score: -4

7:44pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Carl_24 says...

If the police will do f**k all about the hooligan bikers on Arran Trail on Shadsworth what makes them think the police will do anything about Fishmoor Drive?
If the police will do f**k all about the hooligan bikers on Arran Trail on Shadsworth what makes them think the police will do anything about Fishmoor Drive? Carl_24
  • Score: 3

9:16pm Tue 28 Jan 14

tubby275 says...

when we call the police they do not come the police do not give shi#
when we call the police they do not come the police do not give shi# tubby275
  • Score: 4

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