Two men charged in football pitch vandalism

TWO men are due in court after being charged with tearing up Washington football pitches following an incident last year.

As Washington Way reported at the time, the Northern Area Playing Fields – home to Washington AFC – were deliberately destroyed by a car driving over the grass, causing thousands of pounds of damage.

The vandalism, which included significant rutting from tyre tracks, caused more than £2,000 to repair.

Northumbria Police launched an investigation into the damage in order to locate those responsible. Now two men – from Ryton and Morpeth – are due to appear in court charged with a string of offences relating to the damage.

A 20-year-old male is to answer charges of dangerous driving, criminal damage and no insurance use, while a 24-year-old male will answer charges of aid and abet dangerous driving, criminal damage and no insurance use.

“We will not tolerate intentional acts of criminal damage and will continue to pursue the minority of individuals whose irresponsible and reckless actions bring misery to those who live in our area,” a police statement said.

Both men are due to appear before magistrates in South Tyneside in June.