Cleaner scared of finding burglars after stumbling on Shildon club break in (From The Advertiser Series)
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Cleaner scared of finding burglars after stumbling on Shildon club break in
4:21pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
A CLEANER who found a working men’s club ransacked by burglars was scared to go inside the building in case the thieves were still there.
Lorraine Thompson arrived for work at Shildon Railway Sports and Social Club today (Thursday, October 24) at 6.20am to find burglars had smashed their way in.
The security alarm was ringing at the club on Hackworth Road, in Shildon and Miss Thompson could see debris strewn about.
Miss Thompson said: “I got to the door and saw the mess and knew someone had broken in.
“The alarm was going off and I was shocked. I tried the club’s phone but there was no dialling tone.
“I was going to walk round inside to see what mess there was but I didn’t as I was worried whoever had done it was still in the club.
“I called the club chairman to tell him. I sat in the car park for ten minutes until he came down and called the police.”
The burglars broke in through a shower room window at 2.30am today (Thursday, October 24) before raiding a fruit machine and ticket machine.
The crooks then damaged bar shutters to get at the empty till before grabbing 12 bottles of spirits worth £400 from the cellar.
A club spokesman said: “We think they were in the building for a long time and they set the alarm off but no-one was alerted.
“This break in is an absolute disgrace. We’d like to stay open instead of being a victim of crime.”
The club boasts football, cricket and bowls teams and it is estimated that the bill for repairs and lost stock will reach £1,700.
In the last six months crooks have broken into two cars at the club and the building’s office. Security is to be improved.
Detective constable Anne Wraith, of Durham Constabulary, said: “This appears to be the work of a number of individuals.
“They caused a huge amount of damage to the club which will cost a considerable sum to put right.”
Anyone who can help with police enquiries should contact Shildon Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800-555-111.
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