Chairmen of three social clubs targeted by men with axes have spoken of their anger

Damage done during the East Harling Sports and Social Club burglary. Picture: Contributed

Damage done during the East Harling Sports and Social Club burglary. Picture: Contributed - Credit: Archant

The chairmen of the three social clubs which were targeted by burglars brandishing axes, have said they are angry and disappointed with the offenders who left a trail of destruction.

Damage done during the East Harling Sports and Social Club burglary. Picture: Contributed

Damage done during the East Harling Sports and Social Club burglary. Picture: Contributed - Credit: Archant

Four men wearing masks broke into Great Ellingham Village Hall, near Attleborough; East Harling Sports and Social Club, near Thetford; and Shotford Bowls Club, in Harleston, between 11.45pm on Friday night and 1.30am on Saturday morning.

During the break-in at Great Ellingham Village Hall the suspects were disturbed and confronted, but no threats were made and no one was injured.

Nick Jones, chairman of East Harling Sports and Social Club, said: 'They have damaged doors, the bar, a quiz machine, pool table and tills. It will run into the thousands to replace it.

'It is like a second home for many of us, which has been violated. What they have made away with is a small amount. It was all for nothing. A lot of people were disappointed.'

The club was open on Saturday afternoon with club members saying they would not be beaten.

Richard Ewing, chairman of the recreation committee at Great Ellingham Village Hall, said it was 'unbelievable' that people could do such a thing.

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'It is very disappointing that a community facility has been targeted,' he said. 'For people to do this is unbelievable. I hope the others have not suffered too much damage.'

Shotford Bowls Club suffered damage to their bar area, windows and doors. The club has reopened.

Police have said they would like to speak to anyone who may have seen four men acting suspiciously in a dark coloured car in the targeted areas.

Anyone with information about the raids should contact Thetford CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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