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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.”

Thieves broke in through the roof. (8446055)
Thieves broke in through the roof. (8446055)

As well as the theft of theRansomes 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 Policeare 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.”

This sit on mower was also taken in the theft at Barkston playing field. (8453232)
This sit on mower was also taken in the theft at Barkston playing field. (8453232)

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