Demolition work has begun on a former football ground in County Durham, which has long been the target of vandalism and arson attacks.
Darlington Football Club quit its Feethams ground in the town in 2003 to move into a new stadium, and the site is now owned by a cricket field trust.
At the beginning of the year, a council inspection found it to be unsafe, and the bulldozers have now moved in.
Once demolition is complete, the site will be sold off for development.
Brian Johnson, chairman of Darlington Cricket Club, which is responsible for the site, said: "If we can get some of the funds released by selling off the land for development then it would be my ambition to improve some of the facilities here.
"One thought is to build an indoor cricket school which could be available not just for our own players, but for local schools and other organisations and clubs."