Spalding Autograss Club livid over wrecking spree that will cost £2,000 to put right

Club secretary Brian Barrs surveys the wreckage at the Spalding Autograss field. SG041016-102TW
Club secretary Brian Barrs surveys the wreckage at the Spalding Autograss field. SG041016-102TW

Spalding Autograss Club was forced to cancel its most profitable meeting of the year after its field was vandalised in the early hours of Saturday.

Officials estimate it will cost £2,000 to put right damage to equipment including its entry gate, Armco barriers, telegraph poles, heavy duty wire rope, chicken wire, start line system and expensive electrical wire for a public address system.

We are absolutely livid and disgusted that someone has ruined our track that has been going many years.

Club chairman Chamelle Clayton

The attack meant the club was forced to cancel its big race meeting on Sunday, which included a fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The club has sourced CCTV footage from premises in the area of their track at Hurdletree Bank, Holbeach, and have passed it to the police.

Members are also appealing to the public to call police on 101 if they know who was responsible for the wrecking spree.

Club chairman Chamelle Clayton says they believe those responsible were on a tractor and broke into the field at about 5.30am.

She said the track had been “destroyed”. She added: “We were expecting to have a good income from our Sunday meeting – about £1,700.

“We are absolutely livid and disgusted that someone has ruined our track that has been going many years.”

She said race meetings only go ahead thanks to volunteers and everyone involved with the club is devastated.

Club secretary Brian Barrs said: “I feel absolutely gutted.”

The club has been around for half-a-century.

It has 50-60 members and they held a meeting last night (Wednesday) in The Swan pub at Moulton to talk about the steps they must take to get their equipment repaired so they can race again.

Chamelle said they hope to be back in action by October 30, but that’s not confirmed.

• Anyone who can help the club by offering replacement equipment can call 07982 704127.