Thanet Colts targeted by burglars for third time in 12 months

Thanet Colts now want to improve security

Thanet Colts has been broken into for the third time in 12 months.

The grassroots, youth football club, based at Hartsdown Park, suffered the latest break-in on Monday (February 18).

Thieves stole all the stock from the café, valued at around £600, and caused damage to the building.

Thanet Colts, which has more than 30 boys and girls teams ranging from under 7s to under 18s, has now launched an appeal to raise funds for better security.

Coach Darren John said: “Our clubhouse has now been broken into three times in the last year and all our stock for the cafe has been stolen. The thieves used angle grinders to cut all the locks and load a car up. It’s disgusting that somebody could steal from a local club that does so much for local kids.”

The security door was damaged and the locks were broken off the door during the raid. The club would like to upgrade the security on the building with alarms and shutter doors at a cost of around £2,500.

A Kent Police spokesman said: “Kent Police was called at 11.41am on Tuesday 19 February to a report of a burglary at a café in Hartsdown Park, Margate.

“It was reported that entry to the property had been gained by forcing the front door, and food and drink stolen from within.

“Enquiries into the incident are ongoing.”

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2 Comments

  1. In the words of Rod Stewart didn’t I tell you didn’t I
    Gypsys tramps and thieves . You let them stay they take it away .Battery powered angle grinders it’s their trade mark years ago only specialist firms could buy tools like these but now everyone has access I have repaired many a container opened by travelers in this way but you let them stay electrical cables locks you name it they cut through anything

  2. The battery operated angle grinders are a burglar and theives favourite tool now. Used for quick release of strong bicycle locks outside shops and stations in Thanet without attracting any attention.
    It’s a shame that even with security measures taken it’s not enough for determined thieves who will get what they are after no matter what. More police on the streets along with the beat officer in all areas would be useful. It used to work and deter many that they could be caught on the off-chance.
    So where does all the money go with this Government? It is not being fairly distributed that’s for sure!

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