Last night there was a break in at the Village Hall. A window, doors, cupboards, the alarm and the key safe were damaged and they flooded the kitchen. A charity box was taken – with about £40 in it. An inventory check on the booze will show if any was taken but most is undisturbed.
Please, if you heard anything suspicious between 11:00 and 11:30 last night, let the police know or contact any of us involved at the Village Hall. There was clearly noise as they cut into the outside door, broke the glass and bashed the alarm off the wall. And where did they park?
What we know is that they tried to get in at the front door but failed. They cut off the padlock to the kitchen window, smashed the toughened glass and crawled in. They failed to open the kitchen door but opened the hatch and crawled through into the hall. They bent the key safe door but could only get a few keys out. They opened the side door and then destroyed the door to the bar, opened cupboards, found the measly amount of money collected for the epilepsy charity and left. They dropped packets of cigarette papers and a sock before crawling out the way they came in and turning on the tap to interfere with forensics.
The police attended the scene, rapidly followed by the crime scene investigators. Excellent support. They told us we are not the only Hall in the area to be broken into.
What we guess is that they parked up in Tanner’s Lane around 11:00pm and took a sack for money and some tools to the Hall. They broke in, hoping to find games machines, safes and money. Left nearly empty handed, minus a sock – probably used in place of a glove – and left.
As I write this, the team is pulling together – outside door fixed, shutter secure, new glass ordered, floor being swept and the kitchen dried out. The internal damage will have to be sorted too and a new alarm fitted. All effort that could be applied more usefully elsewhere!