Appeal launched after vandals target private land near Hitchin Cricket Club for third time

Vandals have now targeted private land opposite Oughton Head Way in Hitchin three times.

Vandals have now targeted private land opposite Oughton Head Way in Hitchin three times. - Credit: Archant

Vandals who have targeted private land near Hitchin Cricket Club are being targeted after fencing was damage for the third time last week.

Trespassers ripped off fence panelling and ‘private land’ signs – replacing it with their own – on land opposite Oughton Head Lane at some point between November 22 and Tuesday.

It follows another act of vandalism to get on to the land – when damage was caused to wire fencing, hedgerows and fence panels – which took place between August 1 and November 21.

In June last year a chain link fence was repeated struck so it collapsed, allowing the vandals to gain entry.

Investigating officer PC Johnie Streeter said: “I am appealing to anyone who has been in the areas during the stated times and has witnessed anyone acting suspiciously to please get in contact. I’d also like to speak to anyone who feels they may know the person responsible for these offences.

“The vandalism has caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage to the fencing around the private land and a great deal of inconvenience to the owner.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Streeter on police non-emergency number or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.