Residents are ‘disappointed’ and ‘outraged’ after more than £ 5,000 of equipment was stolen from a community sports ground in Hartlepool.
Three cabins run by the Greatham Sports Association were broken into on Monday evening in what police reportedly described as “professional” work.
Two generators, five mowers, three gasoline-powered trimmers and a brush cutter have all been removed from the space, which is used by several businesses such as Hartlepool United Women and Girls, the Bull and Dog football team and a club. local archery.
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Craig Bage, 32, who has volunteered for the women’s club for four years, said the incident was a “huge disappointment”.
He continued, “The Greatham community and the businesses that use the land are undertaking a lot of fundraising for equipment, so this is a huge blow.
“We are doing our best to improve the local community, giving adults and children the opportunity to have fun through sport, but setbacks like this make it much more difficult.
“Of course we have insurance, but for grassroots organizations like ours increasing our premiums is a problem.”
A Cleveland Police spokesperson said: “We were contacted on the morning of November 2 with a report that Greatham’s portacabins were broken into overnight and a number of items – including several lawn mowers and trimmer – had been washed away.
“Crime scene officers have attended the scene and investigations are underway.
“We ask anyone with information, CCTV or dashcam that may have captured something suspicious to contact us via number 101.
Likewise, if you have seen these items for sale, please contact Cleveland Police. Please cite reference 186264. “
Following the incident, the village community rallied around the sports association to decide on the next steps to take.
Nancy Pout, of Greatham Garden Group, said the group will donate £ 100 to help replace stolen equipment.
The group with the green fingers was also the victim of a robbery earlier this year, when the money they raised for community activities was taken from Nancy’s house in the village.
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