Police seize vehicle as vandalism at third South Canterbury park reported video

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Pleasant Point Cricket Club captain Cameron Lundie describes the gut-wrenching damage done to the club's cricket pitches.

Police have seized a vehicle as they hunt for those responsible for vandalising two South Canterbury sports grounds. 

Constable Kris Howes, of Pleasant Point, said a green Nissan Terrano had been seized after they received an anonymous "tip off". 

In the early hours of Monday morning the Pleasant Point rugby, football and cricket grounds and pitches were extensively damaged and more than $20,000 worth of damage to the Celtic rugby and cricket grounds was noticed at 5pm on Monday.

Damage on a council reserve at Temuka was reported to Police on Wednesday.
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Damage on a council reserve at Temuka was reported to Police on Wednesday.

A flare guard belonging to a Nissan Terrano found near a football goal at the Pleasant Point grounds had led police to the vehicle, Howes said. 

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Damaged to the sports fields at Pleasant Point.
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Damaged to the sports fields at Pleasant Point.

It was located parked outside a residential address in Timaru, he said. 

Howes said the vehicle would act as an important piece of evidence in helping Police determine who had caused the extensive damage. 

"It creates possible lines to find who is involved."

The damage done to sports fields and pitches at Pleasant Point has disappointed club members.
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The damage done to sports fields and pitches at Pleasant Point has disappointed club members.

On Wednesday afternoon Police were alerted to a third act of vandalism involving a council reserve at Temuka which is believed to have occurred around the same time as the other damage.

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Although he could not say for sure, Howes said it was "highly likely" all three incidents were linked. 

"It's just one big jigsaw puzzle." 

Temuka resident David Carty said he noticed the vandalism at the reserve on the corner of Fox and Maude sts at 8.45am on Monday while walking his dog.

Carty said he walked his dog in the reserve "a lot" and there was no damage on Sunday but on Monday "the ground was chewed up".

He said it was probably not as bad as the other incidents but said "They've given it a fair go over".

 - Stuff

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