Dismay as golf club’s stolen trophies go up in smoke

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SENTIMENTAL trophies worth thousands of pounds were stolen from Seaford Golf Club and found destroyed in a burnt out car.

Around 20 trophies, some more than a 100-years-old, were taken from the premises in Firle Road which was targeted overnight.

An alarm was activated at the club in the early hours of Saturday, September 15, and police discovered there had been a break-in.

Shortly after 6am on Saturday morning officers were alerted to reports of a burnt out car in Rickney Lane, Downash, Hailsham and the ruined trophies, some of them put at a value of £2,000 each, were found inside.

The incident happened just months after a series of other clubs in the town were targeted, one of which saw a charity box and safe stolen.

Acting police sergeant Chris Wright, said, “We’ve had other sports clubs broken into in the summer but it appeared that the target was the safe within these clubs.

“On this occasion it seems the target has been trophies, some of which have been of great sentimental value to the club and therefore particularly upsetting.

“I would ask anyone who has information to insist the investigation to make contact.”

Lawrence Dennis-Smither, general manager at Seaford Golf Club, said, “It’s being dealt with by the insurers. Some of the trophies were over 100-years-old and we’ve lost a huge part of history of the golf club. It’s an extremely sad event for the golf club.”

Back in July police warned clubs in the area to be wary after a handful were broken into.

Seaford Bowling Club had a charity box and safe stolen and during the same month the Salts Sports Complex had a safe stolen which contained around £650.

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