Euxton Villa amateur club forced to increase security after break-in

Targeted again: Euxton Villa boss Mark McDonnell and secretary Hugh Mackinnon
Targeted again: Euxton Villa boss Mark McDonnell and secretary Hugh Mackinnon
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  • £500 worth of equipment stolen from ground
  • Club forced to increase security measures following second break-in
  • Police are appealing for information
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An amateur football club is being forced to ramp up its security measures following a second break-in.

Bosses at Euxton Villa are up in arms after £500 worth of maintenance equipment was stolen from their ground.

The vandalism just means it’s money going out rather than coming in, all the equipment has to be replaced.

Mark McDonnell

Crooks broke into the Runshaw Hall Lane premises last Wednesday, using bolt cutters.

They then made away with strimmers, lawn mowers as well as other ground tools.

A previous break-in at the ground happened a few months back.

The latest break-in follows a spate of attacks at Chorley Football Club’s Victory Park Stadium.

Since the thefts, chiefs admit that improvements need to be made.

Villa boss Mark McDonnell said: “The vandalism just means it’s money going out rather than coming in, all the equipment has to be replaced.

“We’ll definitely be looking at improving our security and it’s all down to mindless idiots who are probably desperate for extra money.”

The club recently invested in new dugouts and portable toilets.

One week after their installation, yobs pushed over both the dugouts and toilet causing more damage.

Mr McDonnell added: “We are a club that likes to improve its facilities.

“But at the moment we can’t and it’s infuriating, there isn’t really anything to take on the site that’s why it surprises me.

“I don’t really know if we are fighting a losing battle but we won’t be giving up, hopefully residents in the area can keep an eye out in the future.”

Lancashire Police has said they are investigating the incident.

If anybody has any information then they are asked to call 101 and quote the log number 642 March 5.