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DANGEROUS DRIVING: Man arrested after cricket pitch and memorial benches damaged in Hemel Hempstead (VIDEO)

 Published on: 15th March 2022   |   By: Lizzie Ellis   |   Category: Uncategorized

A cricket pitch and memorial benches in Hemel Hempstead were damaged yesterday, on Monday, March 14, after a vehicle drove dangerously across Boxmoor Common.

Police were called at around 8.39pm and arrested a 24-year-old man from Streatham on suspicion of criminal damage, possession of an offensive weapon and failing to provide a breath test. He remains in custody at this time.

A spokesperson for Dacorum Police said: “I understand that this damage may have caused upset as many of the benches that have been damaged appear to be memorials to lost loved ones.

“If you are affected or have any relation to the benches that have been damaged, please contact Herts police on 101 or online and quote HC-14022022-0726.”

Boxmoor Cricket Club said: “As you may now be aware, last night our cricket pitch was the victim of a senseless act of a joyride. The individual was arrested by Dacorum Police following the damage – not just to our pitch but many memorial benches around the pitch and leading to St John’s Church. The memorial benches are sadly damaged beyond repair. Following inspections this morning it appears that the damage to the outfield is severe, but mainly cosmetic, however thankfully the square appears to be ok despite being driven over. Our talented groundsmen, David and Martyn Cope, have already started on work to repair the damage ready for the new season in just over a month away – it will though take a considerable number of hours to rectify, on top of the hours they put in to make it pristine already.”

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