Eastbourne club appeals for community’s help after break-ins

The Oval Club House in Princes Park, Eastbourne (Photo by Jon Rigby)
The Oval Club House in Princes Park, Eastbourne (Photo by Jon Rigby)

Volunteers at Eastbourne United AFC clubhouse are asking for help from the public after it was broken into twice last week.

One incident occurred overnight on Wednesday (October 11) and the other overnight on Sunday (October 15). Money, alcohol and a coffee machine were reported as stolen, as well as charity money.

Brian Dowling said, “The club, founded as the 1st Sussex Royal Engineers in 1894, is run by volunteers and unfortunately the stupid money now in professional football does not filter down to grass root football clubs.

“Incidents like this can bring a club that has given so much to so many over the years to its knees.

“We are appealing to anybody or business who may be able to help in any way to make the clubhouse more secure or be prepared to sponsor it.”

Anyone who wishes to help the club after these incidents can get in touch by contacting Mr Dowling on 07507 225450, the clubhouse on 01323 726989 or call into the club any day after 12pm.

Police are appealing for witnesses after the incidents.

Detective Constable Chris Mills said, “This is the second time this property has been broken into and we are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed any suspicious behaviour in the area around the time of the incidents.”

You can report any information on these break-ins online or by calling 101 quoting reference 159 of 18/10.