'Gutted' by football club break-in

Stacey McDonough

Stacey McDonough

First published in Witney

Burglars ransacked a West Oxfordshire football club, causing £7,000 of damage by leaving beer pumps running, breaking windows and snatching TVs, alcohol and food.

North Leigh Football Club had won the Oxfordshire Senior Cup just days before the raid on Saturday night.

The club has now had to cancel two fixtures as it sets about repairing damage to the clubhouse and pavilion at Eynsham Park.

Club secretary Stacey McDonough, pictured with a smashed door and television, said: “They got in through a window, cutting the padlock and smashed the place up and stole three TVs. They broke into the pavilion, changing rooms and a staff member’s car, smashed that up too.

“They stole alcohol from behind the bar and they left the beer pumps on, so the beer has run out and damaged the floor.

“It’s going to cost thousands to put right. I don’t want to sound melodramatic but it will probably cost about £7,000.

“The main gate wasn’t open and we think they must have come in by foot.

“We’re absolutely gutted. All we try to do is provide a lovely facility to play football in and someone has decided they don’t like it.

“It’s not the first time – all the copper pipe from the changing rooms was stolen before Christmas.”

The burglary happened between 7pm on Saturday and 10am yesterday.

Police are investigating. Anyone with information should call 101.

Fred Ford Cup and Supplementary Cup games at the club will not be held on Wednesday and Thursday nights. But the club is determined the clean-up will allow it to host an Oxford Charity Cup fixture on Saturday.

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10:08am Mon 23 Apr 12

MadMan-JaYmZ says...

It's a shame, but if it's as easy to break in by cutting a padlock and smashing a window, then i'm surprised it wasn't done sooner !
It's a shame, but if it's as easy to break in by cutting a padlock and smashing a window, then i'm surprised it wasn't done sooner ! MadMan-JaYmZ
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10:36am Mon 23 Apr 12

Norlye1 says...

Thanks for the great advise MadMan-JaYmZ so I suppose it would take more to break into your house than cutting a padlock off steel shutters and smashing through the locked window behind them??? will bare that in mind, maybe a career as a security advisor lies before you
Thanks for the great advise MadMan-JaYmZ so I suppose it would take more to break into your house than cutting a padlock off steel shutters and smashing through the locked window behind them??? will bare that in mind, maybe a career as a security advisor lies before you Norlye1
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10:41am Mon 23 Apr 12

online_reader says...

Who'd they beat in the Oxfordshire Senior Cup? Reckon you'd find the culprits there.
Who'd they beat in the Oxfordshire Senior Cup? Reckon you'd find the culprits there. online_reader
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12:36pm Mon 23 Apr 12

MadMan-JaYmZ says...

Norlye1 wrote:
Thanks for the great advise MadMan-JaYmZ so I suppose it would take more to break into your house than cutting a padlock off steel shutters and smashing through the locked window behind them??? will bare that in mind, maybe a career as a security advisor lies before you
It certainly would, the simple fact is the club is out the way of people and roads, so ideally a bit more security would have been better.
Like i said it's a shame and nobody deserves to get robbed, but with so many people go in the club every weekend opportunity has come knocking for a few people. I would suggest bars on the inside of windows and alarms maybe.
[quote][p][bold]Norlye1[/bold] wrote: Thanks for the great advise MadMan-JaYmZ so I suppose it would take more to break into your house than cutting a padlock off steel shutters and smashing through the locked window behind them??? will bare that in mind, maybe a career as a security advisor lies before you[/p][/quote]It certainly would, the simple fact is the club is out the way of people and roads, so ideally a bit more security would have been better. Like i said it's a shame and nobody deserves to get robbed, but with so many people go in the club every weekend opportunity has come knocking for a few people. I would suggest bars on the inside of windows and alarms maybe. MadMan-JaYmZ
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12:52pm Mon 23 Apr 12

Windmill Army says...

I would suggest that the people who know who did this to a community football club should come forward and out these criminals, someone knows who it is.....just saying!!!
I would suggest that the people who know who did this to a community football club should come forward and out these criminals, someone knows who it is.....just saying!!! Windmill Army
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