Vandals cause more than £2,000 worth of damage at Heywood Cricket Club

Date published: 13 September 2017

Heywood Cricket Club have issued a defiant “we will carry on as normal” message after a serious break-in at Crimble on Thursday 7 September resulted in more than £2,000 of damage – even though little cash was stolen.

The wanton damage was caused before the police had time to get to the ground, but steps were taken to make sure that the Club remained in full operational mode ahead of an important weekend.

Chairman John Rhodes epitomised the spirit within the Club when he said: “We will not be beaten by these people who cause us so much grief.

"The fact that so little cash was taken shows that it was a pointless exercise by them anyway.

“It is distressing that this has happened, but we have got over things like this before and we will do so again.

“I myself would like to thank all the many people who have helped get the Club back to normal so that we could look forward to a special weekend, despite this setback.”

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said: “It appears one man broke in.

“A window was broken, heating control was smashed, a small quantity of money taken from the till, screwdrivers were taken and a microphone.”

Enquiries are ongoing.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, quoting incident number 210 of 07/09/17 or through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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