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Abandoned picnic on Ilford Cricket Club’s wicket slammed ‘appalling’

PUBLISHED: 15:56 02 August 2016 | UPDATED: 15:56 02 August 2016

Picture of the abandoned picnic found by a runner on the grounds of the Ilford Cricket Club in Valentines Park

Picture of the abandoned picnic found by a runner on the grounds of the Ilford Cricket Club in Valentines Park

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Untouched burgers, half eaten chips and bottles of coke: this was the “appalling” sight discovered on the wicket of the Ilford Cricket Club on Monday morning.

Picture of the abandoned picnic found by a runner on the grounds of the Ilford Cricket Club in Valentines ParkPicture of the abandoned picnic found by a runner on the grounds of the Ilford Cricket Club in Valentines Park

The remains of the late night picnic, which looks as though it was abandoned half way through, were pictured by an early morning runner shocked by his discovery in Valentines Park.

Chairman of the Ilford Cricket Club Maz Malik said: “The cricket team left the grounds at about 8pm on Sunday. They came later and found that the clean and tidy cricket ground was a pleasant place for a picnic.

“On the cover of darkness, they left everything there and exited the park. They could not have done this in broad day light because someone would have stopped them. “It’s just appalling behaviour.”

The cricket club has now cleaned up the mess.

The Recorder’s Pride in Redbridge campaign is calling on readers to join its efforts to tackle fly-tipping, littering and anti-social behaviour.

To find out more about the campaign, visit here.

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