Louth Town Football Club’s reserve team were forced to cancel their weekend away match in Skegness after a burglary at Park Avenue.
The break-in took place late on Thursday evening (October 23) after the burglars smashed a window, causing around £500 of damage, and entered the building.
Around £100 worth of alcohol and confectionary was stolen from the bar area. In addition to this, the door to the reserve team manager’s office was kicked in and paperwork, balls, and items of football kit were taken.
A member of the public called the police after spotting torchlight inside the building. A 21-year-old local man was later arrested, but released on bail without charge.
Rick Hill, the club secretary, rushed down to the ground after being informed of the break-in and stayed to guard the building until the following morning.
Mr Hill believes that there was more than one person involved in the break-in, as it appears that a lawn mower was driven around, fire extinguishers were taken off the wall and set off, and a wheelchair had been ridden around inside the building and damaged.
Mr Hill said: “This is the worst incident of vandalism that the club has had. It’s frustrating more than anything, because we are a small team of volunteers and yet some people seem hellbent on destroying what we have.
“The club has good relations with our neighbours and we would like to thank the caller. We don’t know who it is but we’d like them to get in touch.
“We’d also like to thank the police, who have been very good, prompt and efficient.”
Following the break-in, the club’s priority was to ensure that their first team’s home match went ahead as planned on Saturday.
Sadly their reserve team match had to be cancelled, and to add insult to injury it is possible that the club may now face a cash fine from the Lincolnshire Football League for cancelling a fixture.
Mr Hill said: “That would be more funds taken from the club, when it is already very difficult to survive.”