TAMWORTH Cricket Club has been left counting the cost after burglars smashed their way into the club’s Hopwas base and stole wines, beers and spirits in a Christmas Eve raid.
The offenders had forced their way inside the premises in Hints Road and smashed a hole in a wall to gain entry to the cellar.
They also smashed a 42 inch television and stole a £300 projector.
Damage worth thousands of pounds was caused to the building which is shared by Tamworth Hockey Club.
The burglary was discovered by second XI cricket captain Mark Render as he walked his dog early on Christmas Day.
He said: “It was about 7.30am and I noticed that the lights were on behind the bar. I rang the groundsman and our chairman to see if there was any reason for the lights to be on, then we realised it had been burgled and called the police.
“The burglars had taken about £1000-worth of beer, wines and spirits and had caused a lot of damage. The kitchen can still be used, but the bar area is a mess. They had actually smashed a hole in the wall to get into the cellar", he added.
Police are investigating the incident. Anyone with information should contact police on 101. Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.