Tuesday 27 June 2017

Arrest follows cricket ball dispute

A mother is alleged to have stormed a cricket ground complaining about balls landing in her garden
A mother is alleged to have stormed a cricket ground complaining about balls landing in her garden

A mother has been arrested for allegedly storming onto her local village green after complaining about stray cricket balls landing in her garden.

Maria Chiappini, 41, had been embroiled in a long-running dispute with Bearsted Cricket Club in Kent since buying a property bordering the green. Dozens of spectators watching the club's annual charity match against Bearsted and Thurnham Club on August 29 saw Mrs Chiappini led away by police.

Dressed in their cricket whites, two off-duty officers taking part in the match detained her in the pavilion after play was abandoned. After being arrested on suspicion of public disorder, she was driven to a police station and was later handed a penalty notice.

Mrs Chiappini told the Daily Telegraph: "It was awful. I am a law-abiding citizen. I have worked with the public since I was 15. I felt shocked and humiliated, it's an awful violation."

Cricket has been enjoyed on the green for around 260 years, with Bearsted CC said to be one of the oldest crickets clubs in the country.

Bearsted CC chairman Steve Pearce said: "We don't want to make a statement at the moment because these are issues which could go before the courts."

A Kent Police spokesman said: "A 41-year-old woman from Bearsted was arrested for public disorder after being verbally abusive and was subsequently given a penalty notice.

"Kent Police subsequently received a complaint on August 30 and it is currently being processed."

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