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Sports clubs hit by thieves

By Shepton Mallet Journal  |  Posted: September 13, 2012

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Sports enthusiasts have been hit hard with three premises in Shepton Mallet and Evercreech targeted by thieves in recent weeks.

The Shepton Mallet Bowls Club off Paul Street in the town was broken into on Saturday, September 1 between 6.15am and 8.20am.

Thieves got into the grounds and entered through a door into the home team dressing room. Lockers were opened and a suitcase of kit was found thrown on the floor. They left the building by pulling or kicking a door down – but nothing substantial was stolen.

The night before, Friday August 31, thieves got into the Shepton Lido premises at Shaftgate Avenue by climbing into the grounds via a flat roof.

They pushed open an insecure internal door, before forcing open a locked office door.

They ransacked the office and stole ice creams from the fridge, plus chocolates, crisps and two tins of Celebrations sweets.

The break-in was discovered by pool staff on Saturday morning, September 1.

Police are also investigating a theft of lager and cider from the Evercreech Sports Club at Weston Town.

It is thought the thieves hid inside the building and allowed themselves to be locked inside when the club was closed up after a football function on Thursday, August 23.

When players and supporters and staff had gone, they came out of hiding, forced open the metal shutter that seals off the bar and stole lager and cider from inside the bar area.

They then kicked open the main entry door to get out of the locked building with the stolen drink.

Thieves have also targeted exhibitors staying at the Bath and West Showground during the recent National Gardening Show.

On the second night of the show – Saturday, September 1 – two vehicles were entered and a handbag stolen from one and a mobile phone taken from another while the owners were asleep inside.

Other incidents being investigated by police include:

Thieves are believed to have used shears to cut a catalytic converter from a vehicle parked at the Mendip Council Car Park at Cannards Grave, Shepton Mallet between August 8 and September 3.

Various items were stolen from a shed in the rear garden of a property in Slait Hill, East Cranmore on the afternoon of Saturday, September 1.

Thieves cut wiring to get into a yard in Chelynch Road, Doulting and stole a quad bike from an open car shed on the night of Thursday, August 30.

Several items were stolen when a barn next to a milking parlour in Chelynch Road, Doulting was broken into on the night of Friday, August 24.

An opportunist thief stole a set of car keys left lying on the bar of an Evercreech pub on the night of Friday, August 24. They then stole the owner's car parked outside the pub. The car was later found crashed in a nearby lane.

Fuel was syphoned from three trucks after a break-in at a yard in Wanstrow on the night of Wednesday, August 22.

Equipment was stolen from a tractor left at Emborough overnight on Wednesday, August 22.

Vandals used rocks to smash two windows at a house in Fosse Road, Oakhill between August 15 and 18.

Police believe thieves may have been disturbed when they were trying to steal several items from a home in Chelynch near Doulting.

The incident happened between 10am and 4pm on Thursday, August 16. Police suspect they got in through an insecure first floor window – possibly by climbing up a drain pipe. Once inside they opened the conservatory door, and searched the master bedroom, taking items.

Cash was also removed from a window sill in the kitchen, and a Blu-ray player and laptop were taken from the lounge. Police think they may have been disturbed as they fled leaving behind several electrical items which they had moved.

Police are appealing for anyone with information about any of the above incidents to contact them on 101 or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Crimefile is compiled by PCSO Mel Rowlands.

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