Belford Golf Club trophies stolen in raid

Burglars have made off with trophies and alcohol worth hundreds of pounds in a brazen raid on Belford Golf Club

Fred Pymer, steward at Belford Golf Club, who has had some trophies stolen
Fred Pymer, steward at Belford Golf Club, who has had some trophies stolen

Trophies awarded to golfers at a Northumberland club were stolen during a brazen raid.

Burglars also made off with alcohol worth hundreds of pounds when they smashed their way into Belford Golf Club.

When staff arrived to open up on Monday morning they discovered the front window had been broken and thieves had helped themselves to anything of value inside.

The crooks used the club’s own baskets and bins to transport a large amount of drink, left over from a function at the weekend.

And they also cleared out the trophy cabinet, which contained around 15 prizes presented to members, most of which were awarded in memory of players that have passed away.

The club was one of a number of properties in the area raided overnight on Sunday. Last night, as police stepped up patrols in the area, staff at the golf club told of their anger.

Club steward Fred Pymer said: “All the trophies are prizes that members have won in tournaments and some have been dedicated to past members that have passed away, so everyone will be gutted.”

Fred, 52, opened up the clubhouse at around 8.45am on Monday and discovered the mess inside.

“It looks like they tried all of the doors and then smashed one of the big windows to get in and we are still clearing up the glass,” he said. “They had taken two of our baskets to carry the drink and they had even taken the rubbish out of the bin and used it.

“We had a big do on Friday so there was lots of extra alcohol.

“It looks like they have come round the back. It’s quite a remote location. The only thing behind us is the A1, so nobody would have been able to see.”

Fred believes the thieves targeted the golf club deliberately.

The raid was one of five reported to police over the weekend. It is believed the break-ins probably happened overnight on Sunday into Monday morning.

A shed in the grounds of the Health Centre, at Croftfield, was broken into but nothing was stolen and a canteen at a building site on Rynham Close was also hit.

Thieves also tried to force their way into a shed at a pigeon club in Dinningside, but again nothing was stolen. At Meadow Park thieves stole a garden strimmer.

Northumbria Police’s Neighbourhood Inspector for the area, Dave Garrick said: “We had a spate of offences reported on Monday which we believe have happened over the weekend, at this stage we think they may be connected.

“We're carrying out enquiries to trace the person or people responsible and would urge anyone with information to contact us.

“Residents should make sure sheds are locked with a sturdy lock at all times and that anything of value inside is also attached to an immovable or heavy object.

“Be vigilant and report any suspicious or unusual vehicles or people to police straight away.”

Call Northumbria Police on 101 with information.

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