Islington cricket 'ban': Do local sports teams keep crime at bay?
By abi_silvester | Thursday, February 10, 2011, 16:54
Many Islington residents have expressed sadness and frustration today at the news that Islington Council is comsidering banning cricket from being played at the borough's only ground, following a dispute between the Pacific Cricket Club; an established team and one angry local objector.
The Pacific Cricket Club have played in Islington for 15 years [Image: Rich B-S]
It's been reported that the Town Hall had to pay out £680 to a motorist who was concerned about damage to his cars while games were taking place. In one incident his car was actually hit and damaged by a cricket ball, leading to the payout.
Since the incident it has suspended play at Wray Crescent, in Finsbury Park, where adult teams have been playing for 15 years. This news has been met with some unhappiness from residents, who appear to fall into two different camps:
Much of the unhappiness at the news inevitably centres around the common fear that Health & Safety concerns are getting out of hand, but a more pressing concern for those in the immediate area is that of personal safety. It has been claimed that the area is a "crime hotspot", and that the regular presence of cricket teams helps keep local gangs out of the area.
How do you feel about this development: do local sports teams help keep crime down and are you reassured by their presence? Or would you rather protect your car windscreen?
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