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Youth football club devastated after burglary and vandalism of club house

Police are seeking the public’s help after burglars broke into a youth football club and stole copper piping and taps.

The break-in, which is believed to have caused thousands of pounds of damage, happened at the Gedling FC clubhouse, in Stoke Lane, Stoke Bardolph, overnight on Saturday (8 October 2022).

Police found the front door had been taken off, taps in both bathrooms had been stolen and portions of pipes were cut and stolen.

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Some of the ceiling was also removed and copper pipes taken from the loft.

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Police Constable Lyndon Brown, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “We are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry to trace those responsible for this despicable crime which has caused great upset to the club and the wider community.

“To target a facility used for the benefit and enjoyment of young people is shameful and I’d like to reassure people that we are doing everything we can to identify and locate the culprits who will be robustly dealt with.

“As part of our inquiries we would urge anyone who saw what happened, anyone who may have captured CCTV or dash-cam footage or anyone who has any other information that could help with our investigation to contact the police.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident 188 of 9 October 2022, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The club said in a statement:

‘We were devastated this morning to find our clubhouse had been broken into overnight, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage and the theft of essential items.

We’re a youth football club, run by volunteers, this really hurts everyone involved in our club. Any information on the low lives that did this would be greatly appreciated.”

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