Sports fencing installation is among the options being considered in South Shields after football pitches were found to be churned up by horses and motorbikes.

Temple Park and Cleadon Recreation Ground have been damaged because of problems with vehicles and animals going over the ground, leaving dangerous holes in the turf.

The Shields Gazette reports that Councillor George Elson, who represents the area at South Tyneside Council, is leading the way in amending the problem.

He told the news provider that the problem is ongoing but that he is confident the council "can make some progress".

"The hoof marks can be dangerous for the footballers, and it spoils the surface," he explained.

"But it's not just horse riders, it is teenagers on motorbikes who go on the parks as well."

Meanwhile, sports fencing is being used in London as the Olympics volleyball test event takes place from now until August 14th.

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