'Disappointment' after Dunmow United's clubhouse is broken into and raided for sweets

PUBLISHED: 09:14 15 April 2019 | UPDATED: 10:21 15 April 2019

Dunmow United FC's  clubhouse. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Dunmow United FC's clubhouse. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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Young Dunmow United football players arrived on Wednesday evening (April 11) to discover their clubhouse had been broken into and its kitchen "ransacked" for Kit Kats, Haribo and fizzy drinks.

Less than £100 worth of sweets and sugary drinks had been taken from the kitchen and a side annex had also been broken into.

Manager of the U16 Pythons team Mark Smith discovered the crime when he arrived with players, who were readying themselves for a match, on Wednesday evening at around 5pm.

Stuart Brown, Dunmow United FC's communications secretary, said: “In terms of damage, it is limited. We will be replacing the locks they took off. It's not a massive loss to the club but we are very disappointed. This is a youth club for kids.”

The U16 Pythons were celebrating after winning the Blacwater and Dengie U16 Division 2 Cup on March 24.

A spokesman for Essex Police said: “Police were contacted at 5.40pm on Wednesday April 11 following reports of a burglary at the clubhouse of Dunmow United Football Club.

“Between Sunday April 7 and the discovery of the burglary on Wednesday April 11, thieves forced their way into the clubhouse in Laundry Lane, Little Easton by forcing the main doors. A number of items of food and drink were stolen. Anyone with information about the burglary can contact Essex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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