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Break-ins cost cricket clubs dear
A BURGLAR broke into a Salisbury sports club and spent more than four hours dismantling grounds machinery before stealing the engines.
Salisbury & South Wilts Sports Club in Wilton Road has been left counting the cost after the brazen thief, who was captured on CCTV, made off with engines worth about £500 each and will cost the club more than £4,000 in repairs.
Head of grounds Jon Williams said: “Our final matches are this week and I’m down to one machine. I checked out the hire costs for these machines and they’re astronomical. If it had been at the beginning of the season I don’t know what I would have done, as it is it’s a serious pain.
“The team has had great success this season, but we were also building things up on the grounds front too – our grounds were considered one of the worst three or four years ago, now we’re one of the best and that’s because we’ve invested a lot of money in the equipment.”
The club had been planning to renovate the whole square in the next couple of weeks but will now have to hire somebody with suitable equipment to do the work.
The incident happened on Wednesday, just a few weeks after a similar break-in at Winterbourne Cricket Club in Winterbourne Gunner.
Burglars broke in between 7pm on August 7 and 1pm the following day and took the engine from a wicket roller as well as a can of petrol and a tool box, costing the club about £750.
Club captain Jamie Harvey said: “We haven’t been able to use the roller but of all the times to happen this isn’t too bad as we’re nearing the end of the season and the ground is hard anyway.
“South Wilts were much worse off. For us it’s not been the end of the world, just a headache sorting it all out and making sure it doesn’t happen again.”
CCTV footage from the incident at Salisbury & South Wilts is now being examined by police.
DS Mike Standing said: “You may think your shed or garage is secure but, certainly in more isolated areas, it is important to revisit your security. It is always worth adding that extra chain and padlock to ensure that thieves will be unsuccessful.”
Wiltshire Police advise people to ensure their sheds, garages and outbuildings are well maintained, included on insurance policies and protected by adequate security measures.
Equipment with a serial number can be registered with immobilise.com.
Anyone with information on either burglary is asked to contact Salisbury Police Station on 101.
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