Vol­un­teers dev­as­tated by theft

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph - By ASHA ME­HTA

DEV­AS­TATED vol­un­teers at a vil­lage rugby club stripped vir­tu­ally bare by crooks have been left with a £5,000 bill.

Bur­glars who went on a ram­page at Thor­ney Rugby Club al­most cleaned the build­ing out – es­cap­ing with diesel, lead and even socks from the chil­dren’s kits.

They also stole spe­cial T-shirts that the club, in Crow­land Road, Thor­ney, planned to give away this week­end as a thank-you to all those who help out for free.

Chair­man Louis De­plancke said he felt “frus­trated, sad­dened and dis­gusted” by the break-in, which hap­pened overnight on Sun­day.

He said: “Fi­nan­cially, it will cost us £5,000 to cover the dam­age and equip­ment stolen.

“It ranges from cloth­ing which was for the ju­niors, socks for the kids and T-shirts from our club devel­op­ment day, which we give away to the play­ers who put their ef­forts into main­tain­ing the grounds.

“The diesel which runs the generator that pow­ers the whole build­ing was taken.

“This means the generator is in­se­cure so we can’t leave diesel there any­more be­cause it will get stolen. If it rains, the roof is go­ing to leak be­cause the lead was stolen.

“It’s a big im­pact on the club. Thank­fully, it’s the off-sea­son, but it will re­strict train­ing.”

The build­ing was ex­tended last year and, just af­ter it was fin­ished in Jan­uary, the club suf­fered a break-in. Af­ter find­ing there was noth­ing in­side, in­trud­ers turned the wa­ter on and flooded the whole build­ing, caus­ing more than £1,000 worth of dam­age.

Mr De­plancke said: “We are a vol­un­tary group which is run by do­na­tions, vol­un­teers and hard work. Even chil­dren come down and help. This will af­fect ev­ery­one from six to 66. It’s just mind­less.”

The T-shirts are navy blue and printed with Royal Bank of Scot­land Rug­byForce 2010.

The bur­glary took place be­tween 3pm on Sun­day and 6am on Mon­day. Con­tact po­lice on 0345 456 456 4 with in­for­ma­tion.

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