Pavilion damage dismays Waitaki Boys'

Extensive damage to the Waitaki Boys' High School cricket pavilion is nothing but ''pure vandalism'', the school's teacher in charge of cricket says.

Floors in two changing rooms and the pavilion's kitchen were strewn with glass after several windows and a meter box window were smashed, doors were kicked in, and rubbish from a wheelie bin was scattered around a grassed area at the front of building as a result of the incident.

The damage to the Milner Park pavilion in Waitaki Ave was discovered by a staff member about 8am yesterday.

Waitaki Boys’ High School property manager Neil Conway inspects damage to the school’s cricket pavilion, which was vandalised on Monday night or  early yesterday. Photo: Daniel Birchfield
Waitaki Boys’ High School property manager Neil Conway inspects damage to the school’s cricket pavilion, which was vandalised on Monday night or early yesterday. Photo: Daniel Birchfield

Sergeant Blair Wilkinson, of Oamaru, said it probably happened between 9pm on Monday and the early hours of yesterday.

Waitaki Boys' cricket club spokeswoman Sandra Kitto said the damage the pavilion had sustained was ''disheartening''. She was at a loss to explain why it would have been targeted.

''It's pure vandalism ... it's the boys (who play cricket), that's who I feel for. Who knows why they've done it?''

The school's cricket equipment was stored in a locked container near the pavilion, she said.

Mrs Kitto said it was the second time the pavilion had been targeted in the past six months. A door was allegedly forced open and a cricket shirt stolen earlier this year.

Rector Darryl Paterson said the incident was ''extremely upsetting'' and pleaded for anyone with information to contact police.

Inquiries are continuing.

daniel.birchfield@odt.co.nz

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