Thieves target Barkston cricket club
A long-standing cricket club has been left devastated after thieves stole thousands of pounds worth of equipment including a sit-on mower.
The callous thieves broke into a garage on Tuesday night at Barkston playing field, Honington Road, Barkston, that is used to hold equipment for Barkston and Syston Cricket Club.
Club manager Nigel Parker said: “I got call on Wednesday morning to say that the gate [to the playing field] was open. We were only there on Monday night and the football team were then on Tuesday.
“It was obviously a professional job. They got in through the roof and used a grinder to remove the security bar from the door. They must have known what they were after and knew to bring a trailer or something for the mower.”
As well as the theft of the Ransomes Triple sit on mower, other equipment was also taken including a Toro Greenmasters golf/cricket mower, rotor mower with a scarifier blade, Roybi strimmer, blue drum red diesel, two cans of petrol and even a wheelbarrow.
With the cricket season just weeks away, Nigel added: “It will have a huge impact on the club. Everything has to be replaced which will run into thousands of pounds.”
Lincolnshire Police are appealing for any witnesses to the incident.
A spokesperson said: “We were called to West Street, Barkston, to a report of a burglary. It is believed equipment included a mower and a cricket square mower have been taken. This occurred between 6pm on 09/04 and 6am on 10/04. Any witnesses to 101 quoting incident 296 of 10/04.”