Reward offered to catch hut vandals

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A REWARD of £100 is being offered by members of a village football club in a bid to catch and prosecute the person who broke into their pavilion.

Gedney Hill Football Club has offered up the cash for information after the pavilion door was forced open and their match and training balls stolen last Friday.

Pipes had also been broken in the loft so when the water was turned on, it would flood the building. Luckily, the water was turned off before it caused any serious damage.

The cost of the repairs, which are being paid for by Gedney Parish Council, are currently unknown.

Secretary Dave Barfoot said: “Gedney Hill Football Club are like most locally-run clubs struggling with their finances. To lose the footballs is a massive blow to the club.

“Even if we get the footballs back we would still be out of pocket. We found two balls outside which had been punctured.”

Mr Barfoot says the pavilion has been targeted before, with guttering pulled off the walls and slates taken from the roof.

He says there are often people drinking on the field until the early hours of the morning and broken bottles and empty beer cans are left all over the pitch.

Police have confirmed they are following various lines of inquiries relating to the break-in and are increasing patrols.