Thieves take aid for African chil­dren in chang­ing rooms raid.

Win­dow smashed and balls taken in raid which will cost club £500

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - JAKE KEITH jkeith@the­courier.co.uk

A com­mu­nity foot­ball club is reel­ing af­ter van­dals trashed their train­ing base and stole equip­ment des­tined for im­pov­er­ished African school chil­dren.

Carnoustie Pan­mure Youth Foot­ball Club was tar­geted be­tween Fri­day evening and Sun­day morn­ing.

The cul­prits broke in through a win­dow at the chang­ing rooms be­hind the med­i­cal cen­tre at Pitskelly Park.

A large num­ber of foot­balls and other equip­ment was stolen, with the to­tal cost es­ti­mated at around £500.

To make mat­ters worse, the win­dow which was boarded up fol­low­ing the dis­cov­ery on Sun­day was again smashed in on Mon­day.

Un­der-16s team coach Andy Mil­lar dis­cov­ered the theft af­ter ar­riv­ing at the fa­cil­ity to pick up some foot­balls for the club’s away match.

He said: “Equip­ment was be­ing held in a box to be sent to Gam­bia for kids there. A rel­a­tive is liv­ing out there just now so she’s help­ing with it.

“It’s dis­ap­point­ing any­way but it does make it even worse. I have had to fork out for some more balls for now and the money from par­ents will have to be used to cover this £500.

“It’s money that should be used for some­thing bet­ter than this.

“I’m pretty an­noyed, to put it po­litely. The balls can only be bought in bulk so we can’t get them from lo­cal shops.”

Those liv­ing nearby re­ported find­ing some of the balls within their prop­er­ties af­ter the theft.

Teenage boys were also spot­ted kick­ing sim­i­lar Pre­ci­sion-branded balls close by and in the street out­side the lo­cal po­lice sta­tion.

Mr Mil­lar said: “We be­lieve a few young guys are the ones to blame.

“We’ve got a few names so we’re ob­vi­ously hope­ful they’ll be caught by the po­lice.”

A Just­Giv­ing page has been set up to cover the loss with hun­dreds of pounds raised al­ready.

A spokesper­son for the force said: “Po­lice Scot­land is in­ves­ti­gat­ing a theft from a stor­age unit at Pitskelly Park, Carnoustie, be­tween 8pm on Fri­day Au­gust 31 and 1.30pm on Sun­day Septem­ber 2.

“En­try was gained by smash­ing a win­dow, and sports equip­ment was stolen.

“If any­one has any in­for­ma­tion which could as­sist our in­quiries, please call 101 or speak with any po­lice of­fi­cer. Our ref­er­ence is CR/21382/18.”

I have had to fork out for some more balls for now and the money from par­ents will have to be used to cover this £500. ANDY MILLER

Pic­ture: Kim Cess­ford.

Some of the young Carnoustie play­ers af­fected by the theft of their equip­ment with coaches, back from left, Si­mon Stott, Scott Arthur and Andy Mil­lar at the chang­ing rooms.

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