UPDATED: Criminals break into football club and use wheelie bin to remove loot

Risborough Rangers FC's ground at Windsors Playing Fields in Horsenden Lane
Risborough Rangers FC's ground at Windsors Playing Fields in Horsenden Lane

Burglars stole cash and damaged property at a football side’s clubhouse.

The incident happened at Risborough Rangers’ ground on Horseden Lane, Princes Risborough between 6pm on Friday May 30 and 7.30am on Saturday May 31, police said today (Wednesday).

Crooks forced their way into the clubhouse and ransacked the room, causing damage to property, while a cash till and coin jar were stolen.

It is believed the stolen items were taken in a black wheelie bin from the scene.

A portable building at the pitch was also been broken into and footballs were left all over the pitch.

Club chairman Richard Woodwood said: “I suspect there is probably about a thousand pounds worth of damage.

“Whoever did this broke in through the fire doors so it will be about £300 to repair those.

“About £100 worth of stock was taken and this included bottles of Grouse whisky, Sambuca, vodka and Guinness.

“The till was also stolen and it will cost about £250 to replace.

“There was hardly any money in the till at the time but there was a donation jar on the bar which was taken and I think there was about £10 in that.

“It was fairly clear that they broke in looking for money.”

Thieves also broke into another building which is used as the referees’ room on matchdays.

Richard said it was ‘annoying’ the burglary had happened but admitted it could have been worse.

He said: “Thankfully they did not cause much damage to the pitch and although they left the clubhouse in a bit of a mess we can mostly replace what we have lost.

“I have been involved with the club for 16 years and this is the third time we have been broken into.

“The last time was two years ago and we had a couple of strimmers taken.

“That was a very professional job whereas this time it looked much more amateurish.

“We did work on improving our security after that last incident and I am sure we will look into that again.”

Anyone with information or who saw any suspicious activity in the area should contact PC Rachel Kluger via the Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101.

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.