HAILSHAM: Raiders target football club

HAILSHAM Town Football Club is appealing for help after a break-in at the weekend cost them more than £2,000.

Thieves smashed the shutters of the club to gain entry, damaged the phone and alarm line and then broke in to the safe to steal cash in the early hours of Good Friday (April 22).

This is the second time the club has been a victim of crime this month, after an attempted burglary earlier in April.

Sue Williams, secretary at the football club, said, “The first time they didn’t get in but they caused damage to the shutters.

“This time they got in and the have wrecked the safe and stolen everything from it.”

Although there is not a large amount of cash kept at the premises, the damage and losses are thought to be around £2,000.

In the latest break-in, the police were called at 2am by someone who had seen two black men, aged between 18 and 20, jumping the fence of the football ground.

Police attended and forensics were also called in to investigate.

The club is still up and running but Sue is appealing to the local community to help them get back on their feet.

Sue said, “We struggle enough as it is and we would like to make a plea to anyone who might be able to help us.”

The club hopes a local business maybe able to help them to install some improved security.

“We carry on the best we can but it makes it so difficult to keep things up and running,” said Sue.

“Whether it is some help with better security or someone with a safe they can give us – any help will be gratefully received.

“We can also try to repay businesses for their help by putting a thank you advert in our programme.”

Club manager Ken McCreadie also said the theft was not what the club needed in the current difficult economic climate.

He added, “We just need to keep going. It is a sign of society today and this sort of thing happens once too often.”

Anyone who can help the club is asked to call Sue on 07719 590268 or email williams.susan@sky.com.

Witnesses to either break-in should call Hailsham police on 0845 60 70 999.