Copper pipes stolen from football club

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A GANG of thieves have stolen copper pipes from the grounds of a Craigavon football club, leading to the team’s changing rooms being flooded.

The break-in at AFC Craigavon’s ground happened last weekend and has been slammed by a local councillor.

Sinn Fein’s Mark O’Dowd said: “This theft was not alone a robbery from a community-based organisation; it was an act of wanton vandalism which will cost the club much more than the actual cost of the items stolen.”

Cllr O’Dowd said that he had spoken with club members who explained that when the thieves ripped out and stole the copper hot water storage boiler and shower fittings they broke the pipe work causing flooding throughout the facility.

He continued: “The members were understandably distressed by the theft and the damage caused to their facilities.

“This club operates on a shoestring budget ,and they don’t need the additional financial pressure which this robbery and resulting vandalism has placed on them.”

He added: “Theft is never acceptable but when it is carried out against a Club which is providing an outlet for the young men and the youth of the local area it is particularly abhorrent.

“I urge any one who may have been offered these items or who has information about the break-in to contact the PSNI without delay.”

Anyone who has any information are asked to contact police on 0845 600 8000.

If you prefer to provide information without giving your details you can contact the independent Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.