A small team of Northamptonshire Police staff and a kindly volunteer have helped cover up racist graffiti daubed on the walls of a Wellingborough cricket club.
Vandals struck at the club about two weeks ago, spray painting racist abuse on the front and side of Wellingborough Indians Cricket Club, near Wellingborough Old Grammarians Rugby Club.
However, club members were shocked when they discovered two vehicles set alight immediately outside the clubhouse on Wednesday evening.
Police are eager to trace the vandals responsible for the destruction, but in the meantime a small team of police staff gave up their time today (Saturday, October 5) to re-paint the building’s exterior and cover up the graffiti.
They were joined by Northampton man Bungle, who had seen an appeal for volunteers on Facebook and decided to lend a hand.
Luisa Jepson, of the force’s hate crime unit, said the work took several hours to complete on Saturday and volunteers would not be needed on Sunday.
In Wednesday’s attack, a white Audi A5 convertible and a silver Mercedes-Benz Vito van parked at the side of the club were set alight at about 10.45pm.
A vehicle was heard to take off at speed from a nearby lay-by on the Moonshine Gap at the time of the incident and is thought to have turned back towards the Park Farm industrial estate.
Police are not ruling out a link between the two incidents and a similar one last September where racist graffiti was also sprayed on the building.
The Cricket Club has been running for 26 years and is a family friendly, open to all, members club. It is affiliated to and has links with the Old Grammarians Rugby Club.
Anyone with information should call Northamptonshire Police on 101. Alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.