Burglars target rugby club again

Chichester rugby club has been targeted by burglars for the second time in a matter of months.

Burglars smashed their way through several doors and got away with a small amount of petty cash which was locked away behind the bar area after the incident in the early hours of last Wednesday morning.

The club was still dealing with the impact of a burglary in December when £1,500 was stolen, and had only that morning fitted more secure locks to several doors.

The chairman of the club Keith Martin said it looked like someone had used a sledgehammer to break through the front door.

“They broke through the front door, went up the stairs and smashed through an even bigger door at the top of the stairs which had new locks put on,” he said. “They then broke through the mini bar door which had been recently replaced.

“And they broke into the cupboard where the money would normally be kept. We didn’t have any this time.

“It’s the cost of replacing everything, it’s a total inconvenience.

“At the moment we have no idea how much it will cost to replace, we are hoping it will be covered by insurance. The locks have just been replaced.

“If we put in CCTV all you get is grainy images of people in gray hoodies, we are having to think about what we can do.

“We are just very disappointed as a club that with all the services we are providing for the locality we can be targeted for a reasonably small amount of money.

“The members are really cheesed off about the whole thing.”

A police spokesman said: “Police received a report of a break-in at Chichester Rugby Club, Oaklands Park, Wellington Road, at around 12.30am on Wednesday 15 February.

“Damage was caused to the club after entry was forced and an amount of cash stolen. Scenes of crimes officers have been undertaking forensic examinations of the scene.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 33 of 15/2 or anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.