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Pitch invasion

A FOOTBALL club in the Forest of Dean has had to suspend home games for several months after their pitch at Soudley Recreation Ground was invaded by wild boar.

The animals squeezed through a gap in the fence and set about destroying the turf by digging up giant mounds with their snouts, and leaving the field covered in massive potholes.

Players had to call off their home matches and have been told it could take months to get the pitch back to a decent playing standard.

Earlier this year, a wild boar broke into Ruardean Primary School, seven miles away from the Soudley pitch, and was shot dead in the playground after it became aggressive.

There have also been several reports of horse riders getting chased by charging boars, boars trashing private gardens and farms, and of boars tearing dogs apart.