A COMMUNITY sports facility suffered damage worth £1,000 after ‘dumb scumbags’ forced their way inside before fleeing empty-handed.
Clacton Rugby Union Football Club, located off Valley Road at the bottom of the Clacton Leisure Center ground, suffered a break-in on Saturday night.
The crooks responsible forced their way in through a window leading to the building’s new changing rooms around 10:15 p.m.
After going through several doors as they tried to gain access to the main hall, they triggered an alarm sensor before running away cowardly.
Ben Buxey, 42, chairman of the club for around six years, was made aware of the break-in after being contacted by the building’s security company.
He said: ‘One of the club members walked through the main door and noticed that one of the doors had been removed and the lock was hanging off.
“We were very lucky because they didn’t take anything away, but they caused a lot of damage, so we are now considering putting cages above the windows.
“It will make it a prison, and it shouldn’t be like that, but sadly it happened, and we’re now looking at £1,000 to get it back in shape.”
Mr Buxey, who was at the club for a home game on the day of the raid, believes the building was targeted following graffiti that appeared the day before.
He suspects the vandalism, which was brandished to the shutters, walls and road leading to the club, was used so the burglars could identify which facility to hit.
“It could have been a lot worse, but it’s just a huge inconvenience and I just don’t understand why anyone would do this to us,” Mr Buxey added.
“I think it was probably just young kids who had nothing better to do with their lives and thought they could get a little money or booze – they’re stupid scumbags.”
Essex Police have now launched an investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact 101 quoting incident number 1321 of January 15.