Maccabi urges action against pitch vandalism

Manchester Maccabi is urging action against youths who have been damaging one of its football pitches.

Police have been called to the Prestwich club on a number of occasions after the teenagers refused to stop riding bikes over the pitch. The club has a land management deal with the local council for use of the grounds, but their location on a public thoroughfare prevents the club from fencing the pitch off. Sergeant Ian Campbell of the Prestwich neighbourhood policing team says extra patrols have started.

Maccabi chairman Bradley Feld said that "once sufficient evidence is collated, the police will take action. But until the council, under local pressure, stops it being a right of way, we can't lock trespassers out."

    Last updated: 12:48pm, May 21 2010