Club break-ins in Seaford may be linked, say police

POLICE are warning clubs in Seaford to be wary after several in the area were broken into – one for the third time in eight months.

Seaford Bowling Club, based in Chichester Road, had a charity box and safe stolen in the latest crime.

Members added extra security after the first incident in December but the club has unfortunately still been the target of vandals.

Police are now looking into the possibility the latest incident is linked to two crimes at other clubs.

A safe and around £30 cash,including money from a charity box, was taken from Seaford Bowling Club between Wednesday, July 11, at 4pm and Thursday, July 12, at 7.05am.

Lockers were jammed opened and in total the loss and damage to property is estimated at hundreds of pounds.

Elsewhere at the Salts Sports Complex a crowbar is believed to have been used to force a door open. A safe, which contained around £650, was pulled out of the floor.

The premises, based in the Salts Recreation Ground, was broken into between 8pm on Monday, July 9 and 10.45am on Tuesday, July 10.

And overnight on July 18 Newhaven & Seaford Sailing Club in Marine Parade was targeted with hundreds of pounds damage caused. The safe and till were also tampered with but nothing stolen as no money is left on the site overnight.

Acting Seaford Sergeant Chris Wright, said, “Regrettably the bowling club have now been attacked on three occasions in a relatively short space of time. We try to keep a close eye and ensure it is incorporated into our regular patrols, conscious the premises are somewhat vulnerable by virtue of the location.

“It’s particularly upsetting because all those associated with the club have worked hard with the police in trying to make the premises as secure as can be. We’re exploring all lines of enquiry at this time including forensics.”

Arthur Feist, chairman of the club, added, “It’s always unsettling when you get burgled.This time there was very little damage but they took the safe which was fixed to the wall and they came prepared. We don’t really keep anything of value on the site.”