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From the online version of the Huddersfield Examiner (4/8), relating to an abandoned Huddersfield Cricket League Conference division match (3/8) between Linthwaite and Kirkheaton:

Police were called to a cricket ground after a gang of drunken teenagers invaded the pitch and attacked players. Violence broke out late on Saturday afternoon at Linthwaite Cricket and Bowling Club as the first XI took on Kirkheaton. A group of around 12 teenagers attacked players after being asked to leave the ground, according to a witness. One of the teenagers was heard shouting "this is our postcode - we run this postcode" shortly before trouble broke out. Four players were injured, including one Kirkheaton cricketer who suffered a broken leg when he was hit with a wooden pole. The four were treated in hospital for their injuries.

The violence went on for around 20 minutes and involved around 10 boys and two teenage girls who had armed themselves with cricket stumps. Two of the teenage boys pulled out knives during the trouble and one had a baseball bat, according to one player. One witness said: "In the second half (of the match) there was a mass brawl on the pitch. There was a group of teenagers aged between 15 and 19 who have entered the field. They decided they wanted to break seats and do someone some harm. Linthwaite players and the crowd tried to usher them off the field and a few punches were thrown. From then on it descended into chaos."

The source, who asked not to be named, told ExaminerLive that one of the teenagers suddenly produced a baseball bat while another made threats to stab people. "One of the teenagers was threatening to 'shank' people with a knife. The knife was dropped on the field and has been handed over to the police." Witnesses said the teenagers had been drinking and smoking cannabis. "The players were just trying to get them out of the ground and to calm them down and to protect themselves. It was very scary." As the violence escalated, some teenagers armed themselves with the club's own pitchforks and spades. "They went to the side of the shed, found the pitchforks and spades and started to attack people again." Some of the teenagers directed racist comments at Asian members of the Linthwaite side, the witness claimed. Two teenage girls also joined the attack after grabbing hold of cricket stumps and threatening people with them. The game was called off as police gathered evidence at the scene and spoke to witnesses.

"The kids ran off towards Grosvenor Chemicals. An ambulance was called for the lad who broke his leg," according to the witness. "I have never seen anything like it. These children had no respect. Members of the bowling club witnessed it. It was just carnage. One of the kids was shouting 'just stab them' or 'just shank them'." A player, who did not want to be named, said the teenagers involved had been seen drinking alcohol and smoking cannabis shortly before they became violent. He said one of the teenagers was armed with a lock knife while another had a kitchen knife. "I was on the ground scuffling with one of them when another tried to stab me in the face with a pitchfork. I believe four people were injured. One player was hit on the hand with a baseball bat and another was hit on the head. There were spectators who were in tears with fear. It was awful." He added: "I think they were drugged up and had been drinking."

West Yorkshire Police was approached for comment but was unable to provide any details. It is believed that at least one person has been arrested. A spokesman for Yorkshire Ambulance Service confirmed they were called to attend the ground at 5.20pm on Saturday but had been 'stood down' and did not attend.

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Re: [Feversham Lens] Violence flares at Huddersfield League cricket match or Reply Privately

This is a refection of UK society today, and has been for many years. When I was a in my teens there were kids in the area that were less than desirable and you would avoid but even they wouldn't do anything like this. It's down to parenting, more specifically, the lack of. Most of these thugs live in social housing and what should be introduced is a 3 strike rule, not on the offender but on the household. Strike 1 would be a warning, strike 2 a caution and strike 3 eviction. Families need to be held accountable for the actions of other family members. The threat of being homeless might make some of these people think twice. I know there will be others on here that disagree with with me but this is my opinion. Local communities and councils shouldn't have to put up with these thugs day after day.

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Re: [Tykeoldboy] Violence flares at Huddersfield League cricket match or Reply Privately

Linthwaite Cricket Club statement:

Following the horrific incident last weekend a delegation from the Executive [of the Huddersfield Cricket League] met with police officers and Linthwaite officials. The police officers explained the current situation regarding their investigations and gave us strong assurances regarding the intense presence they intend to have at the Linthwaite club for the remainder of the season. Strong links were established between the league, the club and the police to ensure that any potential problems (which the police consider highly unlikely) can be dealt with immediately. Consequently the Executive now consider it safe for the scheduled fixtures at Linthwaite to go ahead as planned. We consider the safety of players, officials and spectators to be of paramount importance but were most impressed by the assurances given by the police.

(This post was edited by Feversham Lens on Aug 11, 2019, 3:23 PM)