Thieves in cricket dressing room raid

Thieves in cricket dressing room raid

Thieves in cricket dressing room raid

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Education reporter

A CRICKET team fell foul of thieves as they took on a semi-final challenge.

Members representing the Ribblesdale League were playing the Lookers Inter-league Twenty20 at Blackpool Cricket Club when thieves targeted their dressing room.

Team members came back to discover six smartphones and £200 cash missing from their bags and pockets after playing against the Northern League at the Stanley Park club on Friday.

The thieves had also turned off all trackers which were in use on the phones within the hour. Players have been told police will be checking CCTV and investigating the incident.

Callum Clarke, one of the players said: “After the game, we came back in and the first thing I noticed was my phone wasn’t where I left it and I couldn’t find it.

“I asked one of the other lads to ring it, and they couldn’t find their phones either. It was something we just weren’t expecting to happen. “ The 26-year-old added: “The police were great with us and said they would check CCTV, but I don’t know that there’s much they can do.”

Player Stuart Maher added: “I wasn’t affected because I had left my things in the car and they had overlooked the cash in my pocket. They had gone for wallets in bags.

“However, it was a blow to the whole team. We had just lost the match as well, so it was a night that went from bad to worse.

“As well as the phones and the cash, one of the players lost a very expensive watch. The stolen phones will also cause a big inconvenience as some of the players are self-employed and use the phone for business.

“Some of the phones had trackers on, which were very quickly turned off. So we are not dealing with a novice, but someone who knows what they are doing.”

A spokesman from Lancashire Police they were investigating the incident.

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4:37pm Tue 29 Jul 14

noddy57 says...

So much for the tracking system being effective .Seems to me we are paying for something that is a complete waste of time and money. why is there no in house security at the venue ?.
So much for the tracking system being effective .Seems to me we are paying for something that is a complete waste of time and money. why is there no in house security at the venue ?. noddy57
  • Score: 17

12:06am Wed 30 Jul 14

noddy57 says...

must agree. it infuriates me so much when we have to bend over backwards in case we upset the minority even when we speak the truth.
must agree. it infuriates me so much when we have to bend over backwards in case we upset the minority even when we speak the truth. noddy57
  • Score: 16

10:55am Wed 30 Jul 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Looks Like the Petty minded web editor has been exerting himself again today Many More comments and articles been removed he is NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE and continually removes comment that he personally doesn't agree with
Looks Like the Petty minded web editor has been exerting himself again today Many More comments and articles been removed he is NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE and continually removes comment that he personally doesn't agree with ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 21

6:32pm Wed 30 Jul 14

The Seagull has landed says...

LT you are a complete disgrace. My comment surrounding the dangerous behaviour of the participants of this protest was 100% valid. It was not in any shape way or form racist, abusive or offensive. So why have you removed it? What is the point of having a forum to air your opinion if you are going to remove it simply because you don't like it.

I urge you to make contact with me through my email address you hold and leave a contact number so I can discuss this with you in person.
LT you are a complete disgrace. My comment surrounding the dangerous behaviour of the participants of this protest was 100% valid. It was not in any shape way or form racist, abusive or offensive. So why have you removed it? What is the point of having a forum to air your opinion if you are going to remove it simply because you don't like it. I urge you to make contact with me through my email address you hold and leave a contact number so I can discuss this with you in person. The Seagull has landed
  • Score: 9

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