Volunteers devastated by theft
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.