Thieves smash their way into Gosport bowls club and steal trophies

NOT HAPPY President of the Rowner Bowls Club Charlie Fitzgerald  in front of the bare trophy cabinet.  Picture:''Steve Reid (121678-268)
NOT HAPPY President of the Rowner Bowls Club Charlie Fitzgerald in front of the bare trophy cabinet. Picture:''Steve Reid (121678-268)

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thieves smashed their way into a bowls club and emptied its trophy cabinet of cups and awards.

Members of the Rowner Bowling Club in Gosport say they were shocked to find their clubhouse had been burgled and their trophies stolen.

They are calling on the burglars to do the right thing and return the stolen goods.

The raid happened exactly one week after their clubhouse was vandalised in the middle of the night.

Around a dozen silver-plated cups of little cash value were taken along with a charity collection tin.

The president of the Rowner Bowling Club, Charlie Fitzgerald, said: ‘People are angry that they could do something like that.

‘They had smashed the door once then came back and did it again with a paving slab and stole things.

‘Considerable damage was done to the clubhouse doors, alarm system and telephone lines.

‘The cups are all silver plated and of very little value to anyone.

‘For us bowlers the cups show a history of club competitions.’

The burglary happened some time between 6pm on May 5 and 8.50am on May 6 at the club in Rowner Lane.

On the previous weekend, members arrived on a Sunday morning to find the clubhouse windows had been smashed.

Nothing was stolen at that time.

Then on May 6, one of the club’s members Barry Roberts found the clubhouse had been broken into.

He had gone there with his wife to collect some equipment when they heard the alarm ringing.

The 67-year-old of Fisher Road in Gosport, said: ‘There’s no value in the trophies because they aren’t silver.

‘They have no value to anybody apart from the bowlers of the club.

‘There was one cup that was donated by one of the members in memory of his wife.

‘It’s quite sad but unfortunately it’s a sign of the times.’

The burglars had ripped an alarm panel off the wall and cut telephone cables inside the building.

The club is now looking at paying out for a better alarm system and CCTV cameras.

Police are investigating the burglary and have carried out a forensic search of the building.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.