This is not a wind up.

Never before in the field of climatology and sports relations have so many delicate instruments been damaged by so few with such impunity.

This week yet another inflated round object came hurtling through the lower regions of the atmosphere above Eastbourne straight towards Sovereign Harbour's favourite rotating wind sensor. As with previous encounters of this type the anemometer wound up worse off with the ball barely winded.

Apologies were contritely offered and accepted, but the football match that gave rise to the incident was abandoned shortly afterwards, with the perpetrator demonstrating a disarming concern for the ongoing work of measuring and publishing wind speed. Quite how long footballs and delicate scientific equipment can continue to occupy adjacent spaces remains to be seen, and measured.

Repair work awaits a local stock inspection and then, in all likelihood, an hunt on the intertubes for a replacement. Maplin, the vendor of the original anemometer, is sadly no longer trading, so it may be eBay is the best option. I wouldn't hold my breath.

One solitary positive emerges from the whole sorry saga. On the previous occasion only one anemometer arm was broken, but on this occasion two out of three arms were broken. This marks an impressive one hundred percent increase in the destructive power of the individual responsible for setting the recreational wrecking ball on its latest calamitous trajectory, albeit with terror-inducing room for improvement.