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Doors and cars at a cricket club in Swansea were smashed with a “hammer” during a 13-year-old’s birthday party, leaving some children suffering “panic attacks”.

The shocking incident happened on Saturday, November 23 at around 7.30pm at Mumbles Cricket Club.

Fortunately, no one was physically hurt but many kids were left feeling “frightened”.

A spokeswoman at Mumbles Cricket Club believes that the damage was caused by “three youths” who may have been aged between 15 and 17.

“It was a 13-year-old’s party and we heard a massive smash. At first I thought one of the kids had gone through the window,” she said.

“The man who was working on the photo booth sprinted outside and chased the youths out of the car park. 

“They had a pick hammer and also smashed two cars. If he hadn’t chased after them I think they would have targeted each car.

“There was a car waiting to pick them up they were wearing dark hoodies.”

The 34-year-old said that thousands of pounds worth of damage has been caused.

“The back and side windows of both cars are smashed, about £500 worth of damage has been caused to each car and £2,000 worth of damage to the French doors. Thankfully we have shutters on the doors.

“No one was physically hurt but there was loads of children stood by the doors. When it happened everyone was rushing moving their kids.

“Some of the kids had panic attacks. They were frightened, parents were also panicking. I just don’t know how this has happened. It wasn’t nice to see. 

“Parents tried to calm things down and we cleaned everything up but the party came to an end then as no one could enjoy it.

“People then left and parents also came to pick their kids up.”

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Mumbles Cricket Club regularly hold events for the community. 

She said: “We are a community club so we don’t charge people to use our club. We open the doors to events in the community and this is what happens. It’s frustrating but it could have been so much worse.

“How frightening is it that teenagers are carrying around hammers? I was there working my third job in order to provide for my family.

“I worked hard to buy a decent car to take the kids to places and now this has happened.”

A spokeswoman for South Wales Police said: “Criminal damage to cars and the clubhouse was reported last night around 7.30pm.

“Enquiries are ongoing.”

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