Cops foil rob­bers at Kirk­stall Ed

The Cricket Paper - - ECB PREMIER LEAGUES - By Phil Birch­more

THE pres­i­dent of a Leeds-based cricket club claims they were close to los­ing ev­ery­thing be­fore po­lice stepped in to foil a re­cent bur­glary at­tempt.

Of­fi­cers found two vans loaded up with equip­ment – in­clud­ing a trac­tor, four lawn­mow­ers, a lawn­spik­ing ma­chine, a strim­mer and a leaf blower – that had been re­moved from a stor­age con­tainer at Kirk­stall Ed­u­ca­tional CC.

The vans were parked at the bot­tom of the club’s Queenswood Road ground be­fore po­lice dis­turbed the team of bur­glars af­ter re­ceiv­ing a call from a lo­cal res­i­dent.

“When the po­lice ar­rived, the per­pe­tra­tors did a run­ner and the en­gines on the vans were ac­tu­ally still run­ning,” said club pres­i­dent and grounds­man David Hodg­son. “That’s how near we were to los­ing ev­ery­thing.

“We’re so grate­ful to this neigh­bour who called the po­lice.We are re­ally in­debted to her.

“We’re try­ing to fos­ter good re­la­tion­ships with the lo­cal com­mu­nity, so that was bril­liant.”

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