WORK has now been carried out to stop vehicles accessing Hyde Common after the cricket pitch was vandalised three times over the Christmas period.

An unknown vehicle drove onto and around Hyde Cricket pitch wrecking the outfield with deep tyre tracks.

The first incident took place on Christmas Eve, the second on Christmas Day, and the third on Saturday, January 30.

Salisbury Journal:

The incidents have been reported to both Hampshire County Council and Hampshire Police.

The pitch was supposed to be protected from vehicular access by a ditch along the edge of the road, which, the Hyde Cricket Club says, has been impacted by erosion and back-filling.

Hampshire County Council, who own the land, has re-dug the boundary ditches.

Salisbury Journal:

The chairman of Hyde Parish Council Ann Sevier said: “If anyone tries to drive in there they are likely to get stuck. They (Hampshire County Council) have done a really outstanding job of reinstating the ditch around the cricket pitch.”

The cricket club has also welcomed the work and added: “The good news is there has been no return from the off-roaders, and hopefully all is back to normal now.”

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