Club fears for future after thieves strike

A FOOTBALL club fears it may have to cancel its remaining home games this season after two break-ins in just four days.

Thieves broke into the changing rooms of Askern Villa trashing property.

The club said various items including football kits and copper piping were stolen from their Manor Way ground and the nearby cricket pavilion and clubhouse were also broken into.

Vandals struck as the club was nearing a project to upgrade their facilities.

A club spokesman said: “Whilst we have nearly completed the ground improvements everything was geared up to make sure we finished that in the next few weeks.

“But now we have to sort this mess that will cost hundreds of pounds and which would have been better off spent on the ground improvements.”

The club believe the thieves were disturbed when an alarm went off.

The Northern Counties East League club face a ground assessment on March 31, however Villa do not think the ground will be ready in time.

Villa have six remaining home games this season and an emergency meeting has been held to discuss the damage.

The first burglary happened between 11pm on Thursday, February 17, and 10.30am the following day. The second took place between 5pm on Saturday, February 19 and 11am on the Sunday.

Police are investigating and no arrests had been made.