Police appeal for witnesses after burglars target Longridge Cricket Club

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Police are appealing for information after what they believe was a targeted break-in at Longridge Cricket Club during which more than £11,000 of equipment was stolen.

The burglary happened sometime between 7pm on Sunday, August 6 and 8.15am on Monday, August 7.

Police say they believe the offenders have used a large van to drive over security fencing on Chipping Lane where they were then able to gain access to a field next to club.

They broke into a storage unit at the ground and took various items of grounds equipment – including mowers, a bowling machine, flymo, strimmer, leaf blower, scarifying mower and a compressor.

They then have left the scene via Chipping Lane.

PC Heather McAtee said: “This has had a massive impact on this small cricket club and has resulted in them having no equipment to maintain the pitch and surrounding grounds.

“Given the lengths the thieves have gone to to gain access, we believe this must have been a targeted burglary.

“Chipping Lane can get quite busy during the night and so someone may have seen something.”

She is asking anyone ho may have seen anything suspicious in the area, in particular a large van/lorry or 4x4 driving at speed around the time of this incident, to get in touch.

Anyone with information can call PC McAtee direct on 07967 823720 or if they fail to get through, 101, quoting incident reference 811 of August 7th.