Three social clubs targeted by men wearing masks and carrying what were believed to be axes

Picture: James Bass

Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2012

Three social clubs have been targeted by burglars who were believed to be carrying axes.

Police were called to Great Ellingham Village Hall, near Attleborough, at around 11.45pm last night (Friday) to reports of a burglary.

Up to four men, wearing masks and carrying what were believed to be axes, confronted two people outside the hall. No threats were made and no one was injured.

They caused damage to the hall and a car before leaving in a dark coloured car towards the Attleborough area.

It is not known if anything was stolen.

At 11.53pm police were called to reports of four men breaking into the East Harling Sports and Social Club, near Thetford.

The premises was unoccupied at the time and gaming machines were damaged and an unknown quantity of cash was stolen.

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Shotford Bowls Club in Harleston was targeted by burglars at 1.30am this morning (Saturday).

An unknown quantity of cash was taken from a coffee machine.

Detective Sergeant Mark Glister said: 'We are linking these incidents and would like to hear from anyone who may have any information.

'I am particularly interested in hearing from anyone who may have seen four males acting suspiciously in a dark coloured car in the Great Ellingham, East Harling and Harleston areas between the times stated.

'I would also ask residents to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to police on 101 or dial 999 if you believe a crime is in progress.'

Anyone with information should contact Thetford CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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