Burglars raid three sports clubs in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 17:03 20 August 2012 | UPDATED: 17:05 20 August 2012




BURGLARS struck at three sports clubs in Welwyn Garden City last week.

Police appealed for witnesses and information following attempted burglaries at Welwyn Rugby Club, Hatfield Hyde Cricket Club and Welwyn Garden City Football Club.

The first raid happened between 10.30pm last Tuesday (August 14) and 1.20am the following day.

Crooks smashed open and damaged doors to get into the rugby club, in Hobbs Way.

One inside they tried to open a store cupboard containing cash and spirits but failed.

They alarm went off and they were forced to flee empty-handed.

The raiders struck again between 9pm on August 14 and 9am the next morning.

They tried to break in to the pavilion at the cricket club, in Beehive Lane.

Damage was done to a lock and a fire exit as the burglars made their way in.

They caused further damage gaining entry to the bar area and removing a safe.

Cash was also stolen from the till before they made their getaway.

Shortly after 3am on Thursday (August 16), another break-in was staged at the football club in Herns Way.

Crooks forced open the storage room door using “an unknown implement” and caused damage.

They escaped with “a quantity of cash”.

Another lock was damaged when the intruders forced a door to a second office.

DC Glen Turrell-Oldacre, from the Local Crime Unit in Hatfield, said: “These crimes are particularly senseless because the cost of the damage to doors, locks and other property belonging to the clubs is many times the value of the cash that the offenders have taken.”

He added: “I would urge anyone who knows anything about any of these incidents to get in touch with police using the non-emergency number 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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