Vandals smash up football club to steal equipment

Shock: The damage at Chorley FC and (below) Graham Watkinson
Shock: The damage at Chorley FC and (below) Graham Watkinson
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A football club has been left in a state of shock after it was raided for the second time in a year.

Thieves broke into Victory Park, the home of Chorley Football Club, between 10pm on Wednesday and and 7.20am yesterday.

Graham Watkinson

Graham Watkinson

Yobs managed to steal three televisions, stereo systems, a DVD player, and biscuits.

The offenders smashed a hole in the boardroom roof to enter the building which has left thousands of pounds worth of damage.

A snack bar was also targeted which saw bottles of water and packs of crisps stolen.

Vice-chairman Graham Watkinson has been left disgusted by the incident.

He said: “ The same incident happened less than a year ago, and they managed to get away with things then.

“People have tried before to come through the roof but they haven’t always managed to do it.

“But this time they have made a real mess of things and I’m disgusted that people think this is right.”

Vandals also targeted the CCTV and alarm systems ripping the wires during the break in.

Mr Watkinson added: “There is no need for what happened.

“We will be reviewing all the CCTV footage that we have with hope that these vandals can be caught.”

Police attended Victory Park yesterday along with crime scene investigators.

A spokesman from Lancashire police said: “We have opened our investigations and we are collecting evidence.”

Anyone with information has been asked to call the police on 101.

Alternatively, they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 to hand over information.

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