Kent FA has warned sports clubs of thieves who are breaking in and stealing expensive items.
In a social media post, they warned clubs to be “vigilant” and to “report anything suspicious” to the police.
The FA confirmed that Tunbridge Wells FC and West Farleigh Sports Club were some of the clubs affected.
Honourary chairman of West Farleigh Sports Club, Karim Habib, told The Canterbury Hub that there has been multiple break-ins over the past two weeks. He said: “last Wednesday we had a woman and two children break into a container but nothing was taken.
“The next day we had 2 car keys and a wallet. One of the car keys was used to steal the car.
“We’ve just been told the car was found in Cox Heath which is a relief.
“On Monday, our chairman heard a mower being driven off, so he chased it and the thieves abandoned it shortly after so we got that back.
“The police have not been particularly helpful and we don’t expect it to stop.
“We’re still expecting more bad news I’m afraid.”
Tunbridge Wells Football Club is devastated to announce the club has been ransacked and burgled over the Bank Holiday weekend causing considerable damage pic.twitter.com/jjDDnGHWBz
— Tunbridge Wells FC (@Tun_Wells_FC) 8 May 2019
Hersden Bowls club was another one of the clubs affected.
Louise Murphy told us that the thieves “stole a brand new mower value about £5000 plus a hedge cutter.
“It’s so disheartening as it’s all funds raised by elderly bowlers.
“It looks like it was stolen to order as was a very professional job.”