Car rips up fields, set alight

Paul Albertini president of the Lismore Thistles Soccer Club pictured on one of the playing fields and the burnt out car.
Paul Albertini president of the Lismore Thistles Soccer Club pictured on one of the playing fields and the burnt out car. Jacklyn Wagner

A CAR was set alight after being used to tear up two soccer fields in East Lismore in the early hours of yesterday.

Unidentified individuals cut the chains to gain access to the fields at the Lismore Thistles Soccer Club in Military Rd.

They then drove the car onto the field and did burn-outs across both soccer fields.

The car was then set on fire in a corner of the secondary soccer field.

It is the third time in the past two years vandals have damaged the club's fields with vehicles.

Lismore Thistles Soccer Club president Paul Albertini was furious that the fields were damaged again after they spent $1500 last November trying to secure the site.

"Why would they want to do it? What enjoyment could they possibly get from doing this? They have to be pretty sick and low," he said.

The club invested last year in security cameras, which were installed recently, so the club will be able to offer police footage from last night, including infrared images of the gates area.

"In October we had someone drive into the field. That is why we put all these rocks around it.

"We believed that would fix it up, but when you are keen you are keen," Mr Albertini said.

He explained that people driving and doing burn-outs in the field "dig up the grass, and if they sit in one spot they dig a trench."

"It can be difficult to fix. If the grounds are wet it does more damage than when it is dry and hard," he said.

After the burnt car is removed from the field, the club will have to fix the ruined soccer field before the first week of March, when their pre-season games are set to start.

"We'll have to get someone to dig it up and re-turf it, and get it ready because this secondary field is where we want to play the pre-season," Mr Albertini said.

The Lismore Thistles Soccer Club is the biggest club in Lismore, with 38 teams and more than 360 members.

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