Vandalism at Grangemouth tennis courts to cost £2000

Zetland Park Tennis Initiative With Judy Murray,  09/05/2015, Grangemouth, , Falkirk District, ''Judy Murray launches new tennis coaching initiative.''Pic by Alan Murray'Contact - mob   075 11123 919                      www.alanmurrayphotography.co.uk
Zetland Park Tennis Initiative With Judy Murray, 09/05/2015, Grangemouth, , Falkirk District, ''Judy Murray launches new tennis coaching initiative.''Pic by Alan Murray'Contact - mob 075 11123 919 www.alanmurrayphotography.co.uk

Vandals have targeted tennis courts in Zetland Park - less than 12 months after they were given a makeover.

The damage is estimated to cost in the region of £2000.

It is believed that the vandalism took place sometime after 5pm on Sunday.

A tennis net was broken by someone pulling the thread out, a small fire was lit, holes have been made in the court surface and it appears that someone tried to kick down one of the poles that hold up the net.

Kirsty Humphries from Falkirk Community Trust which looks after the courts said: “The net has been repaired however when the pole was kicked over it has made the ground surrounding it crack and rise. This is what will be expensive to fix.”

The courts were refurbished by the trust in partnership with British Tennis, Falkirk Environment Trust and Sport Scotland at a cost of £135,000 only last October.

Kirsty said: “It was hoped this would make tennis a more appealing and affordable sport to youngsters, however this has set us back and spoiled it for others.”

The only way to gain access to the courts is by registering as a member and receiving your keypad code or climbing the fence.

The community trust has alerted the police and asked anyone with information to contact the community safety team on 08081 003161 or Police Scotland on 101.