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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Thieves steal cancer charity cash during raid on Cumbrian club

Thieves smashed their way into the Royal British Legion club in Workington and stole cash raised for a cancer charity.

Harrington legion photo
Harrington British Legion

The intruders broke a door in two to force their way into the club, on Salterbeck Road, in an early morning raid. They vandalised the inside before making off with hundreds of pounds raised by the treasurer’s daughter.

Devastated treasurer Les Ash, of Harrington Royal British Legion club, said they had “ransacked” it.

“They poured paint around the cellar and over the tills,” he said. “It really is disappointing. They broke in during the early hours and took sponsor money and dart money.

“They smashed the door in two to get in and they ransacked behind the bar.”

The thieves escaped with around £500, of which £300 had been raised by Les’s daughter when she took part in the Great North Run, he said.

Les said it was rare for the club to be targeted.

“Over the years there have been break-ins but it is a lot less now than it used to be,” he said.

“It only happens on rare occasions.”

A workman was called in to fix the damaged door yesterday afternoon and the club hoped to reopen again last night.

Police are investigating the burglary, in the early hours of yesterday morning and appealed for witnesses to come forward. Anyone with information should call 101.

  • A 21-year-old man from Workington has been arrested and released on police bail until August 9.

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