Raiders rip open cricket club roof

riddings cricket club
riddings cricket club

Thieves ripped their way through the roof of a cricket club and raided fruit machines and a pool table before making off with cash.

The break-in at Riddings Cricket Club on West Street was reported to police on Tuesday at 7am by a dog walker.

The thieves gained access to the clubhouse through the roof and then broke open two fruit machines, a pool table and the till in their search for the takings. They also ripped a 50-inch flatscreen plasma television from the wall.

Chairman David North said: “They have made a right mess, they tried to break in through the windows and bent the bars. Then they climbed up on to the roof and smashed a hole right through into the club.

“The pool table has been ripped to pieces just to get at a few 50p pieces. They pulled the TV off the wall and ransacked the club looking for the remote. They knew what they wanted.”

Mr North, who has also played for the side for the last ten years, estimated the damage to be in excess of £5,000. He said the thieves had missed around £500 of stock in the club cellar. He added that in future, nothing of value would be left in the clubhouse overnight.

Mr North, 46, from Riddings, said: “This is like a kick in the face when people come and do this to you. A couple of years ago we had a sponsored bike ride to Skegness to raise funds for the clubhouse.”

The break-in happened sometime between 10pm on Bank Holiday Monday and 7am on Tuesday.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them on 101.