Machines the target in football club raid

PUBLISHED: 12:30 13 January 2012

Club steward Rex Male.

Club steward Rex Male.

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BURGLARS broke into a village football club, causing about £6,000 of damage to steal £200 in loose change from a fruit machine.

The culprits smashed through the front doors of Cheddar FC’s Draycott Road headquarters in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

They then broke through the bar doors inside as well as the kitchen of Fat Fox’s Café, which is located in the same building.

They also stole cash from a condom machine in the toilets.

They rummaged through the building but did not steal anything else, leading club steward Rex Male to assume they were hunting purely for cash.

He said: “We’re pretty cheesed off. They have made a lot of mess which will take a long time to clear up, and our insurance premiums are going to go up.”

He said the site has been targeted by criminals in the past - a window was smashed in November and a television was stolen in another burglary.

Last year, it was revealed that Cheddar FC was looking to sell its ground to Tesco and was in negotiations with the supermarket giant, a move which has 
provoked widespread criticism among village residents.

Mr Male said one of the advantages of moving to new premises if the club’s deal with Tesco to sell the Bowdens Park ground goes through is that it would be more secure.

Nothing has yet been confirmed about any potential move.

Police said a similar crime had occurred in Minehead over the same weekend and that the two may be connected.

n Pictured: Rex Male.

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