KICK IN THE TEETH: Vandals ruin soccer pitch

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Rene Longchamps stands in front of a damaged soccer pitch in the city's west end.

CORNWALL, Ontario - Talk about a kick right where it hurts.

Leadership with the Seaway Valley Soccer Club were left reeling last week when some vandals decided to turn some donuts in what witnesses said was a black SUV at the Kinsmen Soccer Fields.

The result? As much as $5,000 worth of damage and the likelihood that one field won't be ready when the busy minor soccer season starts in a few weeks.

Club vice-president Rene Longchamps was frustrated.

"There's a lot of anger and disappointment," he said. "As a volunteer group we work our butts off to keep this material in good shape."

What made things worse is that neighbours across the street from the field said the vandals returned a day after creating huge ruts in the turf and did it all over again.

Longchamps said after contacting the media his next stop will be the Cornwall police.

"We were kind of hoping we could catch them in the act," he said.

The club is looking at putting some boulders around the field to act as a barrier - something similar was done just west of the field that was ruined in another case of vandalism years ago.

But that won't come cheap either - Longchamps suggests it could run as much as $20,000.

If you have any information concerning the incident, please call Cornwall police at 613-933-5000.

Geographic location: Ontario

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