Huge cost of rugby break-in

Club’s ‘Li­ons break­fast’ can­celled after thieves take drinks and wreck kitchen

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Town Centre Changes - By Ai­dan Bar­low

Rugby fans in Ash­ford were un­able to roar the Bri­tish Li­ons on to vic­tory after thieves broke into a club­house to steal a safe and al­co­hol, caus­ing dam­age.

Ash­ford Rugby Club had hoped to host a Li­ons break­fast on Satur­day, when War­ren Gat­land’s men ended New Zealand’s eightyear un­beaten home record.

But thieves raided the club­house in Kin­neys Lane be­tween Fri­day night and Satur­day morn­ing, caus­ing ex­ten­sive dam­age to the kitchen, which meant the event had to be can­celled.

Club hon­orary sec­re­tary John Heaver said: “They went in over the top of the roof and have stolen the safe. The in­side of the kitchen was bashed up.

“The Li­ons break­fast had to be can­celled, and the event for the next Li­ons’ game this Satur­day will have to be can­celled as we don’t have a proper work­ing kitchen, and no al­co­hol on the premises.

“We have bought all the food for the break­fasts al­ready, so all the food will have gone to waste, and ev­ery­one who has paid will have to be re­im­bursed.”

Mr Heaver said the costs to the club would have been higher had the theft taken place dur­ing the sea­son, but none­the­less it will cost the club fi­nan­cially.

He said: “It will cost us a huge loss of rev­enue – we have the fire­works event in the au­tumn and we hope to re­coup the losses dur­ing that event.”

Po­lice were called after the dis­cov­ery of the dam­age on Satur­day morn­ing, and say of­fi­cers are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the overnight bur­glary.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call the ap­peal line on 01843 222289 and quote in­ci­dent ref­er­ence num­ber 01-0289 or call Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555 111.

The Bri­tish and Ir­ish Li­ons recorded a nar­row vic­tory in the game against the All Blacks in the se­cond test in Welling­ton, to set up a se­ries de­cider at Eden Park in Auck­land on Satur­day at 8.35am.

‘We have bought all the food al­ready, so all the food will have gone to waste’

Ash­ford Rugby Club’s Kin­neys Field home

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