ACTION is being taken to stop anti-social behaviour in Trimsaran that led to a junior football match having to be called off because of glass on the pitch.
The Kidwelly v Johnstown Under 16s match had to be cancelled for fear of serious injury after glass fragments were found buried just under the pitch surface.
Investigations carried out by the council’s grounds maintenance team and the police suggest cars have been getting on to the pitch and with evidence of glass and rubbish in the area, have pressed the smashed glass into the ground.
Grounds maintenance officers have cut and collected the grass from the pitch but further works still need to be carried out before it is playable including creating a ‘bund’ to stop cars getting into the park.
Police will be increasing patrols in the area along with the council’s environmental enforcement officers.
However, the pitch may be out of use for the rest of the season.
Council leader and local member for Trimsaran Cllr Meryl Gravell said: “This is a very serious situation and could have led to a nasty injury; it was lucky that the football club inspected the pitch before they played or I dread to think what could have happened.
“I am angry and disappointed by this yobbish behaviour and now it is the community that has to suffer for their recklessness; it is a huge shame if the pitch cannot be used for the rest of the season, but safety is paramount. The council’s grounds maintenance officers will be monitoring the situation and will be making sure it is safe before allowing anyone back on to the pitch. The police will also be stepping up patrols in the area and anyone caught throwing litter will be fined by our enforcement officers.
“This type of behaviour is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated and I would urge anyone with any information to please report it to the police at once.”
To report any anti-social behaviour call police on 101.